open a can of worms


: to create a complicated situation in which doing something to correct a problem leads to many more problems
Our boss is reluctant to change the policy now because she doesn't want to open a can of worms.

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Recent Examples on the Web Connecting to databases often open a can of worms. Frederick Daso, Forbes, 3 Sep. 2021

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“Open a can of worms.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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