Translation of tangle in Spanish:

tangle

Pronunciation: /ˈtæŋgəl/

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1.1

    tangle (up)

    [threads/wool] enredar, enmarañar the bird had tangled itself (up) in the net el pájaro se había enredado en la red to get tangled (up) enredarse my hair got tangled (up) se me enredó el pelo
    More example sentences
    • Soon the rings and cans get all tangled together, and you have a huge mess inside the cooler.
    • Her hair hung in clumps down her back, tangled together and being blown in the wind.
    • We liked to think that the story of Australia is not one, but many tangled together.
    1.2 (muddle, confuse) (usually passive/normalmente en voz pasiva) enredar the situation has become even more tangled las cosas están todavía más enredadas a tangled affair un asunto enredado or complicado
    More example sentences
    • Unsurprisingly, nothing is what it seems as his play tangles its way to a quadruple-cross conclusion.
    • The communications industry is becoming an increasingly tangled web.
    • Like the whole tangled story of the casa nostra, the new Mafia museum contains more secrets than meets the eye.

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • [threads/rope] enredarse

noun/nombre

Phrasal verbs

tangle up

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
1.1 (confuse) he got terribly tangled up trying to explain himself se hizo un enredo or [colloquial/familiar] lío tratando de explicarse 1.2 (involve, embroil) (usually passive/normalmente en voz pasiva) to get tangled up in sth verse* implicado en algo 1.3tangle 1 1

tangle with

verb + preposition + object/verbo + preposición + complemento
[colloquial/familiar] he's dangerous: I wouldn't tangle with him! es peligroso, yo que tú no me metería con él having tangled with him before, I trod warily como ya había lidiado con él, me anduve con pie de plomo

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