Definition of Hornet's nest
1. Noun. A highly contentious or hazardous situation. "Talk of invading Iraq stirred up a political hornets' nest"
2. Noun. Habitation for wasps or hornets.
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Literary usage of Hornet's nest
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Life of George Washington by Washington Irving (1873)
"Cornwallis in a Hornet,s Nest. — Movements of Ferguson. — Mountain Men and Fierce Men from Kentucky. — Battle of King's Mountain. ..."
2. Forest Entomology by Alexander Thomson Gillanders (1908)
"When one sees a hornet,s nest, or rather the hornets moving in and out of their nest in a hollow of a tree trunk, they may be considered as belonging to the ..."
3. Porcupine's Works: Containing Various Writings and Selections, Exhibiting a by William Cobbett (1801)
"THE PHILADELPHIAN HORNET S NEST. MY first taper gave light into the nest, and, when the last advices came away, the Hornets were pouring out upon the ..."
4. Supplement to the Theory, Practice, and Architecture of Bridges by William Tierney Clark, György Andrássy, István Széchenyi (1853)
"A hornet,s nest is a feeble comparison to the buzz these gentlemen raised about Szechenyi,s ears. It was no matter : he inveighed against them at the Diet; ..."
5. Edinburgh Medical Journal (1874)
"Yet we must decline to take refuge in any such asylum of ignorance, and do our best to make it a hornet s nest for any philosopher disposed to flee te it. ..."