Definition of hornet's nest
- must have known that his frank comments … would stir up a hornet's nest
- —U.S. Investor
The principal entered the hornet's nest of angry parents.
His comments stirred up a hornet's nest of angry opposition and criticism.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'hornet's nest.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
: a situation or place in which there are many dangers
: an angry reaction
What made you want to look up hornet's nest? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).
Confusing Words—A Quiz