tie oneself (up) in knots

Definition of tie oneself (up) in knots

  1. 1 :  to cause problems for oneself from being too careful, trying too hard, etc. The mayor tied himself in knots answering a touchy political question.

  2. 2 :  to become very upset or worried I don't know why they're tying themselves in knots over such a trivial problem.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  a line, ribbon, or cord used for fastening, uniting, or drawing something closed

    :  shoelace

    :  a structural element (such as a rod or angle iron) holding two pieces together :  a tension member in a construction

  1. :  to fasten, attach, or close by means of a tie

    :  to form a knot or bow in

    :  to make by tying constituent elements

  1. :  one's normal, healthy, or sane condition or self

  1. :  in or into a higher position or level

    :  away from the center of the earth

    :  from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  1. :  risen above the horizon

    :  standing

    :  being out of bed

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

    :  up into or in the

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

  1. :  one in a high or advantageous position

    :  an upward slope

    :  a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. :  to rise from a lying or sitting position

    :  to move upward :  ascend

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

knotplay knots
  1. :  an interlacement of the parts of one or more flexible bodies forming a lump or knob (as for fastening or tying together)

    :  the lump or knob so formed

    :  a tight constriction or the sense of constriction

  1. :  to tie in or with a knot :  form knots in

    :  to unite closely or intricately :  entangle

    :  tie

  1. :  either of two sandpipers (Calidris canutus and C. tenuirostris) that breed in the Arctic and winter in temperate or warm parts of the New and Old World

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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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