mare's-nest
mare's-nest mare's"-nest`, n. A supposed discovery which turns out to be a hoax; something grossly absurd. [1913 Webster]

2. A confused multitude of things.

Syn: clutter, jumble, muddle, welter, smother. [WordNet 1.5]


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  • mare's nest — noun (plural mare s nests or mares nests) Date: 1576 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 > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • mare's nest — {n. phr.} Something that doesn t exist; a discovery that proves to be worthless. * /He claims that he has discovered a gasoline substitute but we suspect it will turn out to be a mare s nest./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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