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uhn tang ling

  • n  the act of releasing from a snarled or tangled condition
  • v  release from entanglement of difficulty
  • v  become or cause to become undone by separating the fibers or threads of

  • Holbrooke will have the near impossible task of untangling the mess in Afghanistan and Pakistan, a problem exacerbated by recent American inattention to detail in the area.
  • Siri soon finds himself untangling a mystery involving Hmong insurgents, a possible demonic possession, and a plot by a female terrorist known as the Lizard, who plays Moriarty to .
  • If the untangling reveals no hope of salvage, the trustee could recommend that the company be liquidated.
News & Articles

  • Getting HR Back into the People Business
    When I started in HR, it was understood that you were going to work with people. You expected to get good at calming angry people down, listening to them share their problems, and untangling thorny interpersonal issues. That sort of thing went with the territory in the quaint 1980s.
    June 15, 2013 - BusinessWeek

  • Elyse Sewell in The Oregonian - OregonLive.com
    For the next couple weeks, Sewell adds, "I will be untangling the web of seven years of cohabitation with my ex-boyfriend, packing up my (stuff), and thickening up a plot to travel and work in more temperate climes."
  • Mary Landrieu in Bayou Buzz
    Program flaws and recovery delays since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita provide valuable lessons as we prepare for future disasters,Landrieu said. "From strengthening case management, to untangling housing funds from bureaucratic red tape, to...
  • Usha Haley in Merced Sun-Star
    Chinese conglomerates are structured in that fashion,University of New Haven professor Haley said. "Untangling who owns what and where the buck stops becomes extremely difficult. It's like unraveling a bowl of spaghetti."

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