rat's nest

rat's nest

(răts)
n. Informal
A place of great clutter or disorder.
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The descent into Rat's Nest Cave is aimed at heightening awareness and raising funds for veterans and their families suffering for the devastating consequences of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and other forms of mental illness.
The engine under the hood is not better because it basically showed what the report described as "a rat's nest of loose wires and hydraulic suspension parts." 
Takeaway owner too lazy to clean up THE Examiner reported on Grillish, a town centre takeaway investigated by health inspectors who found a rat's nest, rat droppings and a gnawed chicken bone on the premises (Examiner, June 21).
But George is vicious and he's quite comfortable at the centre of a rat's nest in Westminster.
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.
The hole was a rat's nest. After the harvest, the landless poor of Bangladesh go out into the fields to find these nests.
In his speeches, Ransdell has blamed Israel for the deaths of American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, and also slammed the US administration for providing aid to Israel, which he called a "rat's nest."
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.