1. phrasal verb [usually passive]
If a person or thing is tangled up in something such as wire or ropes, they are caught or trapped in it.
[get/be V-ed P + in] ⇒ Sheep kept getting tangled up in it and eventually the wire was removed.
[get/be V-ed P] ⇒ The teeth are like razors. Once you get tangled up it will never let you go.
2. phrasal verb [usually passive] → tangle If you are tangled up in a complicated or unpleasant situation, you are involved in it and cannot get free of it.
[get/be V-ed P + in/with] ⇒ Politicians normally avoid getting tangled up in anything to do with their electorate's
adjective [verb-link ADJECTIVE]
[+ in] ⇒ For many days now Buddy and Joe had appeared to be more and more tangled up in secrets.
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