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mare's nest

noun

Definition of mare's nest

plural mare's nests or mares' nests

  1. 1 :  a false discovery, illusion, or deliberate hoax

  2. 2 :  a place, condition, or situation of great disorder or confusion <a mare's nest of intrigue and troubles with the money men — William Cole>



Examples of mare's nest

  1. <the lack of planning had resulted in the city's evacuation being a mare's nest of epic proportions>



1576

First Known Use of mare's nest

1576


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