I just heard that "touch it and you'll be tangled up in it forever" has a really bad second meaning and I should not use it - can anyone explain ?

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    As a native speaker, I have never heard that phrase, nor do I have any clue what the unsavory implication might be. Where have you heard this phrase? – Nuclear Wang Sep 5 at 15:57
  • it was in a discussion where one non-native speaker wanted to express: "do not touch it, you will stick forever being responsible to repair it" - and another said not to use it because of a negative 2nd meaning - which I cannot find ... – BobbSmart Sep 5 at 16:01
  • I have never even heard the first usage... Are you sure you are quoting exactly? – Cascabel Sep 5 at 16:37
  • That's what she said – marcellothearcane Sep 5 at 17:02

It’s usually worth checking the Urban Dictionary for things like this. In this case, it says


The act of OR pertaining to sexual relations.

It’s the top definition and the only thing I can think your friend is alluding to. As a native speaker, I’ve never used "tangle" as innuendo.

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    According to Urban Dictionary, just about any word has some sexual connotation. – Cascabel Sep 5 at 17:20

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