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  • v. Present participle of ensnare.


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  • Though he is unsuccessful in ensnaring Satan, the many pain-inflicting tools of this New Hell begin to work, seemingly of their own accord.

    2010 March « The BookBanter Blog

  • This hole is the local thunder factory, and the blacks were wont to hang fish hooks across it from pieces of lawyer cane, with the idea of ensnaring the young thunder before it had the chance of becoming big and formidable.

    The Confessions of a Beachcomber

  • The problem with blinds, according to safety advocates, is that the cords can be a temptation to young children, ensnaring or strangling them if they become entangled.

    A Rule of Blind Injustice

  • Church members had lodged more than 2,000 lawsuits against the Internal Revenue Service, ensnaring the agency in litigation.

    What happens when you try to leave the Church of Scientology?

  • Purse seiners are boats that deploy large nets that draw closed like a purse, ensnaring tuna.

    Environmentalists, tuna fishers battle in the Mediterranean

  • Meanwhile, Mad Men achieved yet another dramatic high this week as Don freaks out and melts down when feds do a routine check on Don's made-up past (seeking a security clearance for the agency's work with an aeronautics client), ensnaring a rattled Betty to lie on his behalf.

    Matt's TV Week in Review

  • Albert Levin, a Miami defense lawyer who represented suspects in the case, said that the fear of terrorism was causing law enforcement to try to prevent attacks at all costs, "even at the expense of ensnaring possibly innocent people."

    Trip Plan Sparked FBI's Terror Sting

  • There have been many cases of prosecution of individuals who have crossed the bright line, but ensnaring big fish is often harder, so prosecutors become more creative.

    Zachary Karabell: The Insider Trading Scandal: Is It the Crime or the Prosecution?

  • A page called "Rotten Boroughs" exposes corruption in local councils, ensnaring several high-profile wrongdoers over the years.

    Britain's All-Seeing Private Eye

  • The law ensnaring Gibson is the Lacey Act of 1900, originally passed to regulate trade in bird feathers used for hats and amended in 2008 to cover wood and other plant products.

    Gibson Guitar Wails on Federal Raid Over Wood


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