From my dictionary's definition, "untangle", to "get by" is a big jump in meaning. And then, it says "to get by" is British.
The verb "se débrouiller" does mean "untangle" but it is expressed in different ways in English. Try these on for size:
- to work it out
- to take care of it
- to make do
- to figure it out
- to handle it (in the sense of working through a problem). Here, the sense of "untangle" helps us figure it out, eh?
well, as long as we are trying things on, how about muddle through? I think it is sort of onomatopoetic, as is debrouiller
"I always figure it out." Was accepted and it's going to be my new motto when doing Duolingo. :)
This is a very hard concept to translate into English. I said 'get along', though I considered manage, which I guess was accepted. There are many English words that could be accepted here.
"I aways get along" seems close........maybe not. Fifty years ago there used to be a magazine in France called "SystemeD". It promoted do it yourself projects. I always wondered where the "D" came from.