hornet's nest

noun
a large amount of activity, trouble, hostility, or animosity: His investigation stirred up a hornet's nest, resulting in major shifts in personnel.

Origin:
1730–40

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hornet's nest

noun
1. a highly contentious or hazardous situation; "talk of invading Iraq stirred up a political hornets' nest" 
2. habitation for wasps or hornets [syn: wasp's nest
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Example sentences
As it does so, a hornet's nest of trouble will be found.
It's a hornet's nest up in the attic whose noise can be safely ignored.
Of course, who knows when that hornet's nest will come up for a vote.
What he cannot know is that his inquiries will stir up a hornet's nest among
  the other villagers.
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