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Frankenstein's monster

Something that harms or destroys its creator and cannot be controlled. A reference to the monster in the book Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. At first, my side business seemed like a good idea, but it has turned into Frankenstein's monster, eating away at my time and finances.
See also: monster

a Frankenstein's monster

something that cannot be controlled and that attacks or destroys the person who invented it
Usage notes: This phrase comes from the book Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.
Giving extra powers to the army turned it into a Frankenstein's monster that is now threatening to overthrow the ruling party.
See also: monster
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Both fans of Mary Bryce Shelley's classic, "Frankenstein," and new fans of Gothic fiction who have only a passing recognition of the Frankenstein name will enjoy "This Dark Endeavor," Kenneth Oppel's recently published prequel to the original.
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Considering that both Victor Frankenstein and his monster have been so widely used as metaphors, readers may be surprised at Young's claim that although "Frankenstein and its legacy have been the subject of substantial amounts of scholarly and popular writing .