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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.
Translations of “hornet's nest”
in Chinese (Traditional) (尤指引起公憤的)麻煩,困境…
in Chinese (Simplified) (尤指引起公愤的)麻烦,困境…
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