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hornet's nest

noun

Simple Definition of hornet's nest

  • : a situation or place in which there are many dangers

  • : an angry reaction

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of hornet's nest

  1. 1 :  a troublesome or hazardous situation

  2. 2 :  an angry reaction <must have known that his frank comments … would stir up a hornet's nestUnited States Investor>

Examples of hornet's nest in a sentence

  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.



Circa 1740

First Known Use of hornet's nest

circa 1740


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