mare's nest

noun

Definition of mare's nest

plural mare's nests or mares' nests
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

Examples of mare's nest in a Sentence

  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

1576



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