Its solution—a tangle of suspicion that spreads from a police unit to local drug ring—is clever and well constructed.
The tangle of groups, funders, and leaders in the black anti-immigration effort—as in the broader movement—can be hard to follow.
And it turns out those hard-charging characteristics are exactly what is needed to tangle with the truculent contenders.
Dressed in shades of green from lime to olive, she had a tangle of glittery chains around her neck.
Pettet threw his head back and laughed as he recounted his tangle with the police.
A great bird rose screaming from a tangle of vines; its heavy, flapping wings flashed red against the pale trees.
A quail whistled from the tangle of blackberry briars by the roadside.
Activities double on themselves and tangle themselves up in other activities until each activity becomes a mystery to itself.
Her face was flushed, and her fair hair lay in a tangle on the pillow.
The time has come for dives and hunts among the tangle of the water-weeds; and for us the day of trouble has also come.
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."
1610s, "a tangled condition," from tangle (v.).
To fight; mix it up (1928+)