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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“Tie oneself (up) in knots.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tie%20oneself%20%28up%29%20in%20knots. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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