hornet's nest


: a situation or place in which there are many dangers

: an angry reaction

Full Definition of HORNET'S NEST

:  a troublesome or hazardous situation
:  an angry reaction <must have known that his frank comments … would stir up a hornet's nestUnited States Investor>

Examples of HORNET'S NEST

  1. The principal entered the hornet's nest of angry parents.
  2. His comments stirred up a hornet's nest of angry opposition and criticism.

First Known Use of HORNET'S NEST

circa 1740


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