mare's nest

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mare's nest

 (mârz)
n. pl. mare's nests or mares' nests
1. A hoax or fraud.
2. An extraordinarily complicated situation.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mare's nest - a confused multitude of thingsmare's nest - a confused multitude of things  
disorderliness, disorder - a condition in which things are not in their expected places; "the files are in complete disorder"
rummage - a jumble of things to be given away
References in classic literature ?
In my opinion the whole thing is a mare's nest of Bauerstein's
After that we really can't support Dubosc if his revelation is a mare's nest.
There are some unnecessary mare's nests raised over the discussions leading up to Bretton Woods, in particular of official Canadian reactions to John Henry Williams's key currency proposals of July 1943--a nest that would not have existed if the author had remembered that the Canadian proposals for the post-war monetary system, called 'off White' by Keynes, were developed before Williams's proposals were published and were known to the British and Americans the previous month.