tie oneself (up) in knots

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Definition of tie oneself (up) in knots 

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

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