tr.v. em·broiled, em·broil·ing, em·broils
1. To involve in argument, contention, or hostile actions: "Avoid ... any step that may embroil us with Great Britain" (Alexander Hamilton).
2. To throw into confusion or disorder; entangle.
[French embrouiller : en-, intensive pref.; see EN-1 + brouiller, to confuse (from Old French; see BROIL2).]
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