rat's nest

rat's nest

(răts)
n. Informal
A place of great clutter or disorder.
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FOR those who think it's a rat's nest out there in movie houses exhibiting films by new-breed independent film directors, it's now a common story how most of them penetrated international film centers and brought honor to the local industry.
In an op-ed published by The Wall Street Journal, Cruz wrote he had several goals when he set out to devise the plan with the help of Arthur Laffer, a tax adviser to President Ronald Reagan: "spur robust economic growth and job creation, while raising after-tax income for all Americans; be dramatically simpler, to allow working people to file their taxes with a postcard or phone app; and shrink Washington by getting rid of the rat's nest of complex tax requirements, credits and loopholes.
He cited an aircraft manufacturer that needed a large 100 x 100 matrix, which would have been cumbersome with a rat's nest of cables in PXI.
But because you're actually not, there's a very high chance that let loose on technology, you will turn it into a tangle of wires like Mr Scribble, spend three hours cursing, then wander off, leaving a rat's nest where once there was just a TV that didn't work.
It's going to take hours for me to clean that rat's nest up.
It's a rat's nest in there, the same gang of talentless hicks and hacks that rejected the amendment 10 months back.
Competing unions created a rat's nest of rules that made it virtually impossible for the company to operate efficiently.
The unfortunate irony hidden in the whole sensory integration rat's nest is that while the therapies probably have little value, the label of "disorder" can be reassuring to many parents.
With only a few simple steps--and perhaps a cablemanagementaid or two--you can tame the rat's nest and make your web of cables look nearly pristine.
His tattered sailboat tool box - I came close to trashing it last month - is a rat's nest of nuts, bolts, tools, fittings and whatnot that I can hardly open or close, it's so full.
A NEW RTE show has exposed a filthy home where five small children slept just feet away from a rat's nest in a house filled with four years of rubbish.