knotty knotty  /ˈnɑ ti/

Definition(s):

  1. (adj) making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe
  2. (adj) used of old persons or old trees; covered with knobs or knots
  3. (adj) highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious
  4. (adj) tangled in knots or snarls

Usage(s):

  1. This development invites a raft of knotty questions.
  2. Meanwhile, Musharraf must also resolve some knotty issues that go beyond the hunt for bin Laden.
  3. An unapologetically knotty, mass-market commercial hit, it demands commitment--and gets it.

News

  1. 'Mad Men' ending season with Don Draper at new low

    NEW YORK — Breaking up is hard to do. That is, unless you're "Mad Men," which this season has been free-and-easy in its fragmentation. By now Peggy Olson and her radical beau are splitsville. So are Pete Campbell and wife Trudy, who caught him philandering one too many times. Twice-wed Roger Sterling, currently solo, saw his knotty relationship with his mom torn asunder with her death this ...
    on June 23, 2013     Source: Boston Herald

  2. Google ditches brain teasers

    Once used to screen potential hires at the search giant, knotty puzzles are 'a complete waste of time,' admits a top exec.
    on June 21, 2013     Source: MSN

  3. Okkervil River Celebrate Maxfield Parrish in 'It Was My Season' Video

    When last we checked in with Okkervil River's Will Sheff, the Austin singer-songwriter was hanging out with the legendary Steve Earle after releasing 2011's delightfully knotty
    on June 18, 2013     Source: Spin

Quotes

  1. "They're still working. They're working on some knotty issues," Rice said Saturday, speaking to reporters on her way to Israel. "I want to help make sure they're working in a straight line ahead."
    on Nov 3, 2007 By: Condoleezza Rice Source: Forbes

  2. Accusing the Congress of being guided by vote bank politics, Advani said: "People like Netaji Bose would be horrified at the manner in which the Congress rule has bequeathed knotty problems to future generations: Problems like the border disputes...
    on Jan 23, 2009 By: LK Advani Source: Thaindian.com (blog)

  3. "A Congress of Cuban artists and writes can not miss addressing these knotty issues," Fidel said and added that "many will say that this is fatalism. I reply: No, it is not. Fatalism is not puttting forth the problem. If that were the case, I...
    on Apr 2, 2008 By: Fidel Castro Source: Cuba News

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