tie into knots
Confuse, upset, or bewilder, as in He tied himself into knots when he tried to explain how the engine works. This metaphoric idiom transfers a knotted tangle to mental confusion. [Late 1800s]
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What could be more important, to make sure that side of things is right before we tie ourselves to someone forever?‘Downton Abbey’ Review: A Fire, Some Sex, and Sad, Sad Edith|Kevin Fallon|January 5, 2015|DAILY BEAST
In fact, Clark fell back first from her blows, losing his cap, tie, and badge in the melee.Dr. King Goes to Hollywood: The Flawed History of ‘Selma’|Gary May|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
However, an article designed to act as a tie-in to the piece has been published as planned in the BBC magazine Radio Times.Pulled Documentary Says William Felt ‘Used’ by Charles’ Push for Camilla|Tom Sykes|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Instead, the Republicans should tie their push for infrastructure to getting folks off the couch and back to work.Bush, Christie, Romney: Who’ll Be the GOP Class Warrior?|Lloyd Green|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Cheney is relying on some thin evidence to tie Hussein to al-Qaida.
First of all, wrap a portion of damp newspaper round the roots, and then tie up with dry paper.How to Know the Ferns|S. Leonard Bastin
Bondad sua, seor, I'll be sworn there is not one fit to tie the latchet of your shoe in the whole army.
But these hidden passions were before young farmer Wurzel, in his blue tie and white hat, had proposed to her.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
His foot caught; it is unknown in what,—in a twisted tie, or perhaps in a crevice of the cracking earth.A Lost Hero|Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward and Herbert D. Ward
It was the only thing I needed to snap my last tie with England and brace me for the struggle in America.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton