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tangle

2 noun
     
tangle2 [countable]
1 a twisted mass of something such as hair or thread:
Her hair was full of tangles after being out in the wind.
tangle of
John was sitting on the floor in a tangle of blankets.
tangle of bushes/branches/vegetation etc
She followed him, pushing through the dense tangle of bushes and branches.
2 a confused state or situation
tangle of
Her brain was teeming with a whole tangle of emotions.
3 informal a quarrel or fight
tangle with
She got into a tangle with the staff.

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