snarl up

Definition of snarl up

chiefly British
:to stop (something or someone) from moving or making progress
  • Traffic was snarled up because of the parade.

Word by Word Definitions

snarl play
  1. : to cause to become knotted and intertwined : tangle

  2. : to make excessively complicated

  3. : to become snarled

  1. : a tangle especially of hairs or thread : knot

  2. : a tangled situation

  1. : to growl with a snapping, gnashing, or display of teeth

  2. : to give vent to anger in surly language

  3. : to utter or express with a snarl or by snarling

  1. : a surly angry growl

up play
  1. : in or into a higher position or level

  2. : from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  3. : from below the horizon

  1. : risen above the horizon

  2. : standing

  3. : being out of bed

  1. used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

  2. : up into or in the

  3. : in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. : one in a high or advantageous position

  2. : an upward slope

  3. : a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. : to rise from a lying or sitting position

  2. : to move upward : ascend

  3. used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated


snarl-up

noun

Definition of snarl-up

chiefly British
:a situation in which one can no longer move or make progress
  • a traffic snarl-up

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