"tangles" in the noun sense
a twisted and tangled mass that is highly interwoven
"they carved their way through the tangle of vines"
2. tangle, snarl, maze
something jumbled or confused
"a tangle of government regulations"
"tangles" in the verb sense
1. embroil, tangle, sweep, sweep up, drag, drag in
force into some kind of situation, condition, or course of action
"They were swept up by the events"
"don't drag me into this business"
2. ravel, tangle, knot
tangle or complicate
"a ravelled story"
3. tousle, dishevel, tangle
disarrange or rumple dishevel
"The strong wind tousled my hair"
4. entangle, tangle, mat, snarl
twist together or entwine into a confusing mass
"The child entangled the cord"
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