hornet's nest

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hor′net's nest`

a large amount of trouble or hostility.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hornet's nest - a highly contentious or hazardous situation; "talk of invading Iraq stirred up a political hornets' nest"
situation - a complex or critical or unusual difficulty; "the dangerous situation developed suddenly"; "that's quite a situation"; "no human situation is simple"
2.hornet's nest - habitation for wasps or hornetshornet's nest - habitation for wasps or hornets  
nidus - a nest in which spiders or insects deposit their eggs
References in classic literature ?
Oh, ho," he said, "a nest of revolutionists--and quite a hornet's nest it would seem.
We got a splendid stock of sorted spiders, and bugs, and frogs, and caterpillars, and one thing or another; and we like to got a hornet's nest, but we didn't.
Mother," said I, "take the whole and let's be going," for I was sure the bolted door must have seemed suspicious and would bring the whole hornet's nest about our ears, though how thankful I was that I had bolted it, none could tell who had never met that terrible blind man.
I have a respect for you, but if you were alone in this business I'd think twice before I put my head into such a hornet's nest.
Said Mang, "The village of the Man-Pack, where they cast out the Man-cub, hums like a hornet's nest.
It was a big stone that I threw," chuckled Mowgli, who had often amused himself by throwing ripe paw-paws into a hornet's nest, and racing off to the nearest pool before the hornets caught him.
We had a hornet's nest on our hands, and to stop at Collinsville would be to have it about our ears.
Just as I thought that I had finished, and was only too glad that I had laid this question to sleep, and was reflecting how fortunate I was in your acceptance of what I then said, you ask me to begin again at the very foundation, ignorant of what a hornet's nest of words you are stirring.
However, the chief offenders for the time were flogged and kept in bounds; but the victorious party had brought a nice hornet's nest about their ears.
A Louisiana exterminator recorded a video using his GoPro as he battled to remove a gigantic hornet's nest from inside someone's backyard shed.
Under the radar for months, the solicitor general has suddenly stirred up the hornet's nest.
For paper wasps, that means no closer than 4 or 5 feet from the nest, and 10 to 15 feet for a hornet's nest.