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  • Anything that is metaphorically a "fabric" can unravel -- a relationship, for example, or a story that turns out to be a lie, especially if it happens gradually, like a sweater that starts to unwind as you pull on the yarn. unravel | ravel | As verbs the difference between unravel and ravel is that unravel is to separate the threads (of); disentangle while ravel is to tangle; entangle; entwine confusedly, become snarled; thus to involve; perplex; confuse.

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