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.
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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."
Cloth, $119.99--Anyone with more than passing familiarity of Rousseau's oeuvre knows it to be a real mare's nest of interpretive difficulties.
Palestinians are in a quagmire the likes of which, hyperbole aside, they have never, ever had to face in their modern history -- a mare's nest they appear at first blush, to have no way out of, around or through.
But last weekend, as I tried to unknot the constitutional mare's nest of Catalonia, I was grateful for his premiership.