brier patch

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Noun1.brier patch - tangled mass of prickly plants
botany, flora, vegetation - all the plant life in a particular region or period; "Pleistocene vegetation"; "the flora of southern California"; "the botany of China"
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So long as he steers clear of his own weakness and draws others in to the brier patch that is his comfort, he wins.
This sordid history has made the Barack Obama administration reluctant to decisively enter the Syria fray, fearful of being sucked into an Islamist brier patch or another costly but fruitless exercise in nation-building.