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.
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Word History

First Known Use

1680, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Lion's den.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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