mare's nest

noun (1)
plural mare's nests or mares' nests

Definition of mare's nest

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a false discovery, illusion, or deliberate hoax
2 : a place, condition, or situation of great disorder or confusion a mare's nest of intrigue and troubles with the money men— William Cole

mare's tail

noun (2)
plural mare's tails or mares' tails

Definition of mare's tail (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a common aquatic plant (Hippuris vulgaris of the family Hippuridaceae) with elongated shoots having dense whorls of narrow finely tapered leaves
2 : a cirrus cloud that has a long slender flowing appearance

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Examples of mare's nest in a Sentence

Noun (1) the lack of planning had resulted in the city's evacuation being a mare's nest of epic proportions

First Known Use of mare's nest

Noun (1)

1576, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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