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English definition of “hornet's nest”

hornet's nest

noun [C usually singular] uk   /ˌhɔː.nɪtsˈnest/ us    /ˌhɔːr-/
a very difficult or unpleasant situation, especially in which a lot of people get very angry and complain: His remarks about the lack of good women tennis players stirred up a (real) hornet's nest.
(Definition of hornet's nest from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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