hornet's nest

noun
Updated on: 13 May 2018

Definition of hornet's nest

1 : a troublesome or hazardous situation
2 : an angry reaction
  • must have known that his frank comments … would stir up a hornet's nest
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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.

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First Known Use of hornet's nest

circa 1740

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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HORNET'S NEST Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of hornet's nest for English Language Learners

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

  • : an angry reaction


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