hornets' nest

Definitions of hornets' nest
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n a highly contentious or hazardous situation

“talk of invading Iraq stirred up a political hornets' nest
Synonyms:
hornet's nest
Type of:
situation
a complex or critical or unusual difficulty

n habitation for wasps or hornets

Synonyms:
hornet's nest, wasp's nest, wasps' nest
Type of:
nidus
a nest in which spiders or insects deposit their eggs

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