mare's nest


mare's nest

noun
plural mare's nests or mares' nests

Definition of MARE'S NEST

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

First Known Use of MARE'S NEST

1576

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