hornet's nest

noun

Definition of hornet's nest

  1. 1 :  a troublesome or hazardous situation

  2. 2 :  an angry reaction must have known that his frank comments … would stir up a hornet's nestU.S. Investor

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.

Circa 1740

First Known Use of hornet's nest

circa 1740


HORNET'S NEST Defined for English Language Learners

hornet's nest

noun

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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