complication(redirected from Complications)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia.
com•pli•ca•tion(ˌkɒm plɪˈkeɪ ʃən)
can of worms A situation or specific problem which threatens to cause trouble and have unresolvable complications for all concerned; a sore spot; a sensitive topic better left unexplored. A can of worms might pass for an acceptable product before it is opened. However, to open a can of worms means to instigate trouble, to broach a subject or do something questionable which has uncontrollable, complex, and negative repercussions.
Pandora’s box A source of afflictions and complications which plague one without warning; a loaded situation; something which appears in a positive light but is negative in effect. In Greek mythology, Pandora, the first woman, was showered with gifts from the gods, among them a magnificent box presented her by Zeus which she was told never to open. Disobeying the gods, she opened it, and unwittingly allowed all of the human ills contained within to escape. Only Hope remained. The term appeared as early as the mid-16th century.
I cannot liken our affection better than … to Pandora’s box, lift up the lid, out flies the Devil; shut it up fast, it cannot hurt us. (Stephen Gosson, The School of Abuse, 1579)
red tape Excessive formality and petty routine, preventing expeditious disposal of important matters. The term derives from the literal red tape with which official and legal documents were formerly bound and sealed. Though its use has proliferated along with the proliferation of bureaucracy and departmentalization, its current figurative meaning is by no means recent:
All the morning at the customhouse, plagued with red tape. (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Life, 1869)
|Noun||1.||complication - the act or process of complicating|
|2.||complication - a situation or condition that is complex or confused; "her coming was a serious complication"|
situation, state of affairs - the general state of things; the combination of circumstances at a given time; "the present international situation is dangerous"; "wondered how such a state of affairs had come about"; "eternal truths will be neither true nor eternal unless they have fresh meaning for every new social situation"- Franklin D.Roosevelt
|3.||complication - any disease or disorder that occurs during the course of (or because of) another disease; "bed sores are a common complication in cases of paralysis"|
disease - an impairment of health or a condition of abnormal functioning
|4.||complication - a development that complicates a situation; "the court's decision had many unforeseen ramifications"|
development - a recent event that has some relevance for the present situation; "recent developments in Iraq"; "what a revolting development!"
|5.||complication - puzzling complexity|