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phrasal verb [intransitive/transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theytangle up
he/she/ittangles up
present participletangling up
past tensetangled up
past participletangled up

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  1. same as tangle2 (sense 1)

    The straps are all tangled up together.

See also main entry: tangle


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