a hornet's nest

a hornet's nest

a situation or subject which causes a lot of people to become angry and upset
Usage notes: A hornet is a large insect that stings people badly.
His remarks on the role of women have stirred up a hornet's nest amongst feminists. Animal cloning is a real hornet's nest.
See also: nest
References in classic literature ?
Oh, ho," he said, "a nest of revolutionists--and quite a hornet's nest it would seem.
We got a splendid stock of sorted spiders, and bugs, and frogs, and caterpillars, and one thing or another; and we like to got a hornet's nest, but we didn't.
I have a respect for you, but if you were alone in this business I'd think twice before I put my head into such a hornet's nest.
Said Mang, "The village of the Man-Pack, where they cast out the Man-cub, hums like a hornet's nest.
It was a big stone that I threw," chuckled Mowgli, who had often amused himself by throwing ripe paw-paws into a hornet's nest, and racing off to the nearest pool before the hornets caught him.
We had a hornet's nest on our hands, and to stop at Collinsville would be to have it about our ears.
Just as I thought that I had finished, and was only too glad that I had laid this question to sleep, and was reflecting how fortunate I was in your acceptance of what I then said, you ask me to begin again at the very foundation, ignorant of what a hornet's nest of words you are stirring.
A man in Sweden has died after trying to have sex with a hornet's nest on his farm outside Ystad.
If a wasp flies into an area and sees a hornet's nest it will vacate the area, so make your own hornet's nest by taking any brown paper bag and blowing it up.
DANNY MURPHY really stirred up a hornet's nest with his comments about managers sending out players so wound up that bad injuries are inevitable.
The recently-published book has stirred a hornet's nest by quoting now dead IRA man Brendan Hughes' claim that Adams ordered Jean McConville's disappearance, something the SF Pres has repeatedly denied.
99) 2 The Girl Who Kicked A Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson (Quercus, pounds 18.
I may be sticking my head into a hornet's nest by saying turbines are much more attractive than the ungainly pylons that have obliterated the landscape for decades.
It may be a hornet's nest and frightfully un-PC, but surely reader Phil McCusker has a point?
I don't want to stir up a hornet's nest, but if I was a black person and people called me names it would be classed as racist and the offenders could be arrested for it.