Synonyms of tangle
1 knotDictionary • a tangle of wires
web • a complex web of financial dealings
jungle • a jungle of stuffed sofas, stuffed birds, knick-knacks, potted plants
mat • the thick mat of sandy hair on his chest
snarl • a snarl of logs and branches
mesh • He lures young talent into his mesh.
2 messDictionary • I was thinking what a tangle we had got ourselves into.
mess • I've got myself into a bit of a mess.
jam (informal) • It could get the government out of a jam.
fix (informal) • The government has got itself in a fix.
complication • His poetry was characterised by a complication of imagery and ideas.
maze • the maze of rules and regulations
mix-up • a mix-up over travel arrangements
shambles • The economy is a shambles.
labyrinth • a labyrinth of conflicting political interpretations
entanglement • trying to do his job without the usual bureaucratic entanglements
imbroglio • What investor would willingly become involved in this imbroglio?
1 twistDictionary • a huge mass of hair, all tangled together
mesh • Limes and plane trees meshed in unpruned disorder.
entangle • The door handle had entangled itself with the strap of her bag.
enmesh • He warned that the new mandate would enmesh the UN in a dangerous conflict.
, straighten out
2 entangleDictionary • Animals get tangled in fishing nets and drown. sometimes with up
catch • The locals were encouraged to catch and kill the birds.
ensnare • The spider must wait for the prey to be ensnared in its web.
entrap • The whale's mouth contains filters which entrap plankton.
3 confuseDictionary • Themes get tangled in his elliptical storytelling.
confuse • His critics accused him of trying to confuse the issue.
muddle • Already some people have begun to muddle the two names.
jumble • animals whose remains were jumbled together by scavengers and floods
scramble • The latest machines scramble the messages.
PHRASAL VERBS:▷ tangle something or someone up
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• The locals were encouraged to catch and kill the birds.
• His poetry was characterised by a complication of imagery and ideas.
• His critics accused him of trying to confuse the issue.
Thesaurus for tangle from the Collins English Thesaurus
a confused or complicated mass of hairs, lines, fibres, etc, knotted or coiled together