Definition of Mare's nest

1. Noun. A confused multitude of things.

Exact synonyms: Clutter, Fuddle, Jumble, Muddle, Smother, Welter
Generic synonyms: Disorder, Disorderliness
Specialized synonyms: Rummage
Derivative terms: Clutter, Jumble, Jumble, Jumble, Muddle



Definition of Mare's nest

1. Noun. A great discovery which turns out to be illusory; a hoax. ¹

2. Noun. A confused or complicated situation; a muddle. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Mare's Nest

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mardana
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Literary usage of Mare's nest

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1. Notes and Queries by Martim de Albuquerque (1855)
"WJ FITZPATRICK aught be left to brood over his mare s nest. But when I find him asking, indignantly, “ Who is it that imagines the respect entertained for ..."

2. The British Drama: Comprehending the Best Plays in the English Language by Walter Scott, Sir Walter Scott (1804)
"What mare s nest hast thou found ? Jun. Ha, ha, ha ! I cannot laugh alone : Decius ! Demetrius ! Curius ! oh, my sides ! ha, ha, ha, ha ! ..."

3. Character & Opinion in the United States: With Reminiscences of William by George Santayana (1920)
"They can go on more merrily with their work if they believe that by being so subtle, circumspect, and reflective you would only discover a mare,s nest. ..."

4. Greyslaer: a romance of the Mohawk by Charles Fenno Hoffman (1840)
"And what mare s nest has our singing bird found now, corporal ?" " Well, I don't know, sargeant; only, if the captain has got upon the trail of Wild Wolfert ..."

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