open a Pandora's box

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of open a Pandora's box

: to cause many troubles and problems
  • Her parents are understandably afraid of opening a Pandora's box if they buy her a car.

Word by Word Definitions

open play
  1. : having no enclosing or confining barrier : accessible on all or nearly all sides

  2. : being in a position or adjustment to permit passage : not shut or locked

  3. : having a barrier (such as a door) so adjusted as to allow passage

  1. : to move (something, such as a door) from a closed position

  2. : to make available for entry or passage by turning back (something, such as a barrier) or removing (something, such as a cover or an obstruction)

  3. : to make available for or active in a regular function

  1. : opening

  2. : open and unobstructed space: such as

  3. : open air

pandora play
  1. : bandore

box play
  1. : an evergreen shrub or small tree (genus Buxus of the family Buxaceae, the box family) with opposite entire leaves and capsular fruits

  1. : a rigid typically rectangular container with or without a cover : such as

  2. : an open cargo container of a vehicle

  3. : coffin

  1. : to enclose in or as if in a box

  2. : to hem in (someone, such as an opponent)

  1. : a punch or slap especially on the ear

  1. : to hit (something, especially someone's ears) with the hand

  2. : to engage in boxing with

  3. : to fight with the fists : engage in boxing

  1. : to name the 32 points of (the compass) in their order


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