Student or Learner
Would you tell me whether I am right about my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentences?
Watch him tie that witness in knots. (J. O’Hara, Ten Nord Frederick”)
They had a lawyer there what tied everybody in knots first to last. (A. J. Cronin, “Beyond This Place”)
tie somebody up in knots = upset someone completely
Thanks for your efforts.
upset = agitate, bother, change, confuse,......
I did not want to upset you.
What is the default reading of this sentence for you? Make things more complicated (confuse) or emotionally disturb (agitate)?
Last edited by corum; 05-Dec-2010 at 09:27.