from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To entangle, involve, or catch in or as if in a mesh. See Synonyms at catch.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To mesh; to tangle or interweave in such a manner as not to be easily separated, particularly in a mesh or net like manner.
- v. To involve in such complications as to render extrication difficult
- v. To involve in difficulties.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To catch or entangle in, or as in, meshes.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To inclose in or as if in meshes; immesh; entangle; snare.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. entangle or catch in (or as if in) a mesh
One of the more shaming aspects of the phone-hacking affair and all the interlocking circles of corruption and compromise is that they expose a huge failure in my generation, which has allowed Murdoch to enmesh our politics, media and police.
More than an aid program, it sought to modernize Western Europe's economies and launch them on a path to prosperity and integration; to restore Western Europe's faith in democracy and capitalism; to enmesh the region firmly in a Western economic association and eventually a military alliance.
For years we have followed a sensible strategy of striving to enmesh a burgeoning China in the network of institutions and practices that constitute the interdependent world economy.
In such a situation, the court says, “the state actor [would have] lacked a ‘secular purpose’ for his actions,” and the action would have had “a primary effect of advancing religion” as well as “enmesh [ing] churches in the exercise of substantial governmental powers.”
More ruinous in the long run is the extent to which the "safety net" has come to enmesh more and more Americans - reaching into middle incomes and higher - so that growing numbers have come to rely on government, not themselves, for growing shares of their income and assets.
I re-invent them and enmesh them into new forms of visual kinship, another way to capture reality.
The former dictator's unexpected arrival Sunday after nearly 25 years of exile stunned the nation, and appeared to further enmesh Haiti in the political crisis caused by the country's botched attempt to hold presidential elections in November.
Likewise my own brute interventions in this filigree offer insight into the wider manner of our whole species – the way we cannot help, sometimes despite our best intentions, cutting across these subtle connections that spin out and enmesh the whole wide world.
You idealise your attitude, you go far back in time, you enmesh yourself in theories and generalisations, you ride your imagination proudly, in order to reconcile yourself to something which suggests itself as more ideal than that for which the unreasoning heart hungers.
From Europe's perspective, the U.N. process is designed not just to pressure Iran but also to enmesh the United States in cumbersome proceedings that limit its choices.
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