Definition of Hornets' nest

1. Noun. A highly contentious or hazardous situation. "Talk of invading Iraq stirred up a political hornets' nest"

Exact synonyms: Hornet's Nest
Generic synonyms: Situation



2. Noun. Habitation for wasps or hornets.
Exact synonyms: Hornet's Nest, Wasp's Nest, Wasps' Nest
Generic synonyms: Nidus

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Hornets' Nest

horned violet
horned viper
horned whiff
hornedness
hornednesses
hornel
hornels
hornen
horner
horner syndrome
horners
hornet
hornet's nest
hornet stings
hornets
hornets' nest
hornfels
hornfelses
hornfish
hornfishes
hornfoot
hornful
hornfuls
horngeld
horngelds
hornified
hornifies

Literary usage of Hornets' nest

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1. Old Tales Retold: Or, Perils and Adventures of Tennessee Pioneers by Octavia Louise Zollicoffer Bond (1906)
"THE HORNETS' NEST. THERE was a time during the Revolutionary War when the British army overran North Carolina. The veteran royal troops under Cruger and ..."

2. Journal of the Transactions of the Victoria Institute, Or Philosophical by Victoria Institute (Great Britain) (1901)
"One intelligent keeper said that he did not then know of a hornets' nest, ... In the month of August, 1871, I found a hornets' nest in a bank at a wood- ..."

3. St. Nicholas by Mary Mapes Dodge (1906)
"Grasping the pole as firmly as he could in his apparently handless arms, Pinkey started for the tree in which was located the hornets' nest, while from a ..."

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