Definition of tangle noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtæŋɡl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtæŋɡl//
    Describing hair
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  1. 1a twisted mass of threads, hair, etc. that cannot be easily separated a tangle of branches Her hair was a mass of tangles. See related entries: Describing hair
  2. 2a state of confusion or lack of order His financial affairs are in a tangle.
  3. 3(informal) a disagreement or fight
  4. Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘entangle, catch in a tangle’): probably of Scandinavian origin and related to Swedish dialect taggla ‘disarrange’.Extra examples I had to pick my way through the tangle of bodies. She brushed the tangles out of her hair. She ran her fingers through the tangles in her hair. The legal tangle was never really unravelled. This string’s in a tangle. a complex tangle of loyalties a confused tangle of voices a dense tangle of undergrowth her hair was a mass of tangles He got into a tangle pronouncing her name. These arrests have created a diplomatic tangle.
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