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To be caught up in a situation or with a person to the extent that whatever happens in the situation or to the person also affects you, often disastrously. Think of a scarf getting caught around a spinning shaft. First it gets sucked in, then it spins along with the shaft.
No wonder his life is such a mess. He gets wrapped around the axle with every chaos-junkie that comes his way.
by ?thaW September 17, 2016
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To be confused by something, to the point of paralysis. Imagine driving a car over a wire fence. The fence becomes wrapped around the axle, stopping the car.
This network problem has got me wrapped around the axle.
by MarkfromIL March 31, 2006
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