can of worms

noun phrase

Definition of can of worms

: pandora's box afraid of what we would find if we opened up the can of worms that is the CIA— Richard Snider

First Known Use of can of worms

1962, in the meaning defined above

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“Can of worms.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/can%20of%20worms. Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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