Definition of a hornets' nest in English:

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a hornets' nest

A situation fraught with difficulties or complications: the move has stirred up a hornets' nest of academic fear and loathing
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  • Discount broker TD Waterhouse has stirred up a hornets' nest with the announcement that it will introduce margin trading into the UK.
  • In doing so, he seems to have stirred up a hornets' nest.
  • The US has not only disturbed a hornets' nest; it keeps on poking it.
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