lion's den

noun

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 Senator Elizabeth Warren is inviting one of her more vocal critics to join her in the lion's den. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 20 Apr. 2021 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, 26 Feb. 2020 Quique Sanchez Flores has stepped back into the lion's den, where no manager would normally dare to return. SI.com, 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, latimes.com, 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, 6 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of lion's den

1680, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lion's den was in 1680

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4 May 2021

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“Lion's den.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lion%27s%20den. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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lion's den

noun

English Language Learners Definition of lion's den

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

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