mare's-nest

mare's-nest

n
1. a discovery imagined to be important but proving worthless
2. a disordered situation

mare's′-nest`



n.
1. a discovery that proves to be a delusion or a hoax.
2. a very confused or disordered place or situation.
[1610–20]
References in classic literature ?
as a matter of fact, turned out to be rather a mare's-nest.
We shall work the case out independently, and leave this fellow Jones to exult over any mare's-nest which he may choose to construct.
Hugh, dear," she sighed, patting his hand, "you do so much better looking after your hospitals and your wounded than unearthing mare's-nests like this.