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    Question Tangled Web


    What is the meaning of the phrase 'Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to decieve'

    It is from a Poem by Sir walter scott, I do not understand the general meaning of it.

    Thanks a lot

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    Re: Tangled Web

    Once you start telling lies (deceive), it is difficult to remember which lie you told to which person. Next, you get caught in those lies so you start telling more lies in attempt to hide the lies you've already told, and so on...

    P.S. In Scott's day a web was a tapestry, not a spider's or a computer's home.

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    Re: Tangled Web

    "A tangled web" is a badly woven cloth, with many mistakes in it. So metaphorically, when someone tries to deceive another person, by lying and making up stories, he or she will make a mess of the deception. If you tell a lie, then you will have to make up more lies to support the first lie, and then even more lies to support the other lies, and in the end you have a mess.


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