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hornet's nest

noun
1.
a large amount of activity, trouble, hostility, or animosity:
His investigation stirred up a hornet's nest, resulting in major shifts in personnel.
Origin
1730-1740
1730-40
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  • 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.
  • One of my fifth graders wants to build a model of a hornet's nest and label the parts.
  • The bill's introduction stirred up a hornet's nest of protests and counter protests.

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