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"Aaron Goldschmidt," he whispered, as we descended into a dry, tangled swamp.

The last I saw of the trenches was the tangled line on Fusilier Bluff.

If he hadn't been tangled up in his cod line, so we could haul him up by that, he'd have been down yet.

It is unnecessary to repeat the whole of the long and tangled conversation that ensued.

My life has been one long error, and the threads of my fate have been tangled.

Arnold struggled with the terminals, most of which were a fused and tangled mess.

Of all the tangled webs ever I essayed to unravel, this is the knottiest.

The wisps of hair and the tangled beards were grey with the salt of the sea.

The brush was dense and tangled, and he could have lost himself for a lifetime in it.

But no; they were all tangled up in the harness, and the man was fighting like a giant.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., nasalized variant of tagilen "to involve in a difficult situation, entangle," from a Scandinavian source (cf. dialectal Swedish taggla "to disorder," Old Norse þongull "seaweed"). In reference to material things, from c.1500. Meaning "to fight with" is American English, first recorded 1928. Related: Tangled; tangling. Tanglefoot (1859) was Western American English slang for "strong whiskey."

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