tough, problematic, compound, matted, balled up, Daedalian, manifold, knotty, problematical, tortuous, screwy, intermeshed, gnarly, rootbound, abstruse, mingled, enmeshed, composite, twisty, thrown, knobbed, intertwined, mixed up, daedal, convolute, muddled, chaotic, Byzantine, convoluted, multiform, winding, twisting, trapped, raveled, baffling, messed up, thrown and twisted, out of place, simple, involute, wires crossed, conglomerate, afoul, mixed, obscure, elusive, gnarled, twisted, knit together, disordered, foul, heterogeneous, snarly, voluminous
complicated (part of speech: verb)
hindered (part of speech: verb)
crippled, blocked, thwarted, burdened, countered, congested, delayed, obstructed, baffled, impeded, curbed, snagged, mired, frustrated, crimped, entrapped, dammed, fettered, constipated, jammed, hampered, constrained, complicated, deterred, entangled, stopped, clogged, restricted, opposed, stayed, braked, hamstrung, detained, plugged, resisted, handicapped, snarled, bunged, fouled, barred, impaired, bottlenecked, choked, interrupted, paralyzed, dragged, checked, hindered, cramped, restrained, encumbered, caught, inhibited
- So that by and by when the fire in the woods back of them had died down they were both so happy that they neither saw nor heard the figure in the papaw grove stealing along a few yards to one side of them, though in the darkness of the tangled thicket it stumbled several times and for want of a helping arm limped painfully along. - "The Loves of Ambrose", Margaret Vandercook.
- The Apostle has cut his way through the tangled thickets of error, and has said his say as to the positive truths with which he would hew them down. - "The Expositor's Bible: Colossians and Philemon", Alexander Maclaren.
- The affair is a very tangled one. - "Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes", Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.