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verb snarl pronunciation in American English /snɑrl/
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I/you/we/theysnarl
he/she/itsnarls
present participlesnarling
past tensesnarled
past participlesnarled
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  1. 1
    [intransitive] if an animal such as a dog or a lion snarls, it makes an angry sound in its throat and shows its teeth
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to speak in an unpleasant angry way

    “Be quiet!” he snarled.

  3. 3

    snarl

    or

    snarl up

    [transitive] to make something such as traffic unable to move
  4. 4
    [intransitive/transitive] to become caught or twisted in something, or to make something do this

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 snarl pronunciation in American English noun [countable]
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pluralsnarls

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