lion's den


Definition of lion's den

: a place or state of extreme disadvantage, antagonism, or hostility a young reporter thrown into the lion's den

Examples of lion's den in a Sentence

He knew that he would be facing an angry crowd, but he entered the lion's den without hesitating.
Recent Examples on the Web There were agents who sent actresses into the lion's den over and over again, as well as Weinstein lieutenants who summoned a taxi after each harrowing hotel meeting — nearly all of whom still work in significant roles in the industry. Tatiana Siegel, The Hollywood Reporter, "Weinstein's Guilty, But Hollywood's Reckoning Isn't Over," 26 Feb. 2020 Quique Sanchez Flores has stepped back into the lion's den, where no manager would normally dare to return., "Why Quique Sanchez Flores & Watford May Live to Regret Their Rekindled Relationship," 7 Sep. 2019 Each component of the Lincoln Center complex got its own architect but Wallace Harrison, who designed the Opera House, was given the extra burden of being in charge of the whole complex, a kind of architectural ringmaster thrust into a lion's den. Kenneth Turan,, "The origin story of a New York landmark is well told in 'The Opera House'," 15 Mar. 2018 By seeking a deal in Russia, Trump's associates may have unwittingly wandered right into the lion's den. Cristina Alesci, CNN, "Experts: Trump Tower deal risked compromising Trump," 6 Sep. 2017

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1680, in the meaning defined above

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“Lion's den.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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: a place or situation in which someone must deal with an angry person or group of people

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