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mare's-nest

[mairz-nest] /ˈmɛərzˌnɛst/
noun
1.
something imagined to be an extraordinary discovery but proving to be a delusion or a hoax:
The announced cure for the disease was merely another mare's-nest.
2.
an extremely confused, entangled, or disordered place, situation, etc.:
We just moved in, and the place is a mare's-nest.
Origin
1610-1620
1610-20
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British Dictionary definitions for mare's nest

mare's-nest

noun
1.
a discovery imagined to be important but proving worthless
2.
a disordered situation
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