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tan·gle 1

 (tăng′gəl)
v. tan·gled, tan·gling, tan·gles
v.tr.
1. To mix together or intertwine in a confused mass; snarl: The fishing lines from the two boats were tangled.
2. To catch or ensnare in an intertwined or confused mass: A turtle was tangled in the fishing net.
3. To involve in a complicated situation or in circumstances from which it is difficult to disengage: He got tangled up in a scheme to commit fraud.
v.intr.
1. To be or become entangled.
2. Informal To enter into argument, dispute, or conflict: tangled with the law.
n.
1. A confused, intertwined mass: a tangle of blood vessels.
2. A jumbled or confused state or condition: a tangle of conflicting reports.
3. Informal An argument or altercation.

[Middle English tangilen, to involve in an embarrassing situation, variant of tagilen, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish dialectal taggla, to entangle.]

tan′gly adj.

tan·gle 2

 (tăng′gəl)
n.
Any of several large edible seaweeds, especially a kelp.

[Of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse thöngull, seaweed.]
Translations

tangly

adj (+er) (= confused)verwickelt, verworren
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Meanwhile the 13 strangers, including Ryan, 21, a terrifiedlooking call centre worker, hairdresser Dean, 24, and Tony, 71, a vocal ex policeman, clamber ashore and attempt to hack their way through the tangly branches and dense undergrowth in search of somewhere to set up camp.
Meanwhile, the 13 strangers, including Ryan, 21, a terrifiedlooking call centre worker, hairdresser Dean, 24, and Tony, 71, a vocal ex-policeman, clamber ashore and attempt to hack their way through the tangly branches and dense undergrowth in search of somewhere to set up camp.
After hitting his second shot into tangly rough short of the green, he chunked his third under the lip of a bunker from where he splashed out to 15 feet.
The litter in the hedgerows and the long tangly grass and dried weeds on the verges must paint a terrible picture in the minds of visitors and potential investors.
Woods dropped out of the lead with a double-bogey at the 12th, where he overhit the green to the left and needed two chip shots from tangly rough to reach the green before missing a 12-foot putt, but he swiftly recovered.
The countryside was lush and green, and home to the kind of tangly forests where adventures were sure to happen.
There's something to be said, too, for the dirt that clings to the potatoes, the little bare spots on the raspberries, the long, tangly carrot tops that must be lopped from the root.