What does ''Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive'' mean?

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This means when you intend to, deceive(lie, cheat, etc.), you entangle yourself in complicated situations- trying to cover your a$$, when your deception is exposed.
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What does 'Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive' mean?

The quote is, surprisingly, not from Shakespeare but from Sir Walter Scott , in Canto VI, Stanza 17 of "Marmion" (1808) an epic poem about the Battle of Flodden Field in 1513. (MORE)
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What poem contains the words Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive?

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Who wrote 'Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive?

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