hornet's nest
noun Date: circa 1740 1. a troublesome or hazardous situation 2. an angry reaction <
must have known that his frank comments…would stir up a hornet's nestU.S. Investor
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  • hornet's nest — a large amount of activity, trouble, hostility, or animosity: His investigation stirred up a hornet s nest, resulting in major shifts in personnel. [1730 40] * * * …   Universalium

  • hornet's nest — hor′net s nest n. a large amount of trouble or hostility …   From formal English to slang

  • hornet's nest — nest made by wasps; mess, trouble …   English contemporary dictionary

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  • To stir up a hornet's nest — Hornet Hor net, n. [AS. hyrnet; akin to OHG. hornaz, hornuz, G. horniss; perh. akin to E. horn, and named from the sound it makes as if blowing the horn; but more prob. akin to D. horzel, Lith. szirszone, L. crabo.] (Zo[ o]l.) A large, strong… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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