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Noun: hornets' nest
  1. A highly contentious or hazardous situation
    "talk of invading Iraq stirred up a political hornets' nest";
    - hornet's nest
  2. Habitation for wasps or hornets
    - wasp's nest, wasps' nest, hornet's nest

Derived forms: hornets' nests, hornet's nests

Type of: nidus, situation