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  • tangled in knots or snarls
    • a mass of knotted string
    • snarled thread
  • highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious
    • the Byzantine tax structure
    • Byzantine methods for holding on to his chairmanship
    • convoluted legal language
    • convoluted reasoning
    • the plot was too involved
    • a knotty problem
    • got his way by labyrinthine maneuvering
    • Oh, what a tangled web we weave- Sir Walter Scott
    • tortuous legal procedures
    • tortuous negotiations lasting for months
  • used of old persons or old trees; covered with knobs or knots
    • gnarled and knotted hands
    • a knobbed stick
  • making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe
    • a baffling problem
    • I faced the knotty problem of what to have for breakfast
    • a problematic situation at home
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