the lion's den

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the lion's den

A particularly dangerous, hostile, or oppressive place or situation, especially due to an angry or sinister person or group of people within it. I felt like I was walking into the lion's den when I went in front of the board for my annual review.
See also: den
References in classic literature ?
A man may be ambitious of lying in a lion's den, but can hardly hope to sleep there quietly.
A child might walk into a lion's den, but it would take a very brave man to go to its rescue.
It's as if tha'd walked straight into a lion's den.
We'll be stepping into a lion's den and I don't " think the team will need geeing up.
In the Old Testament, who was thrown into a lion's den and survived?
The trial of three men accused of killing man by throwing him into a lion's den in South Africa has been adjourned after one suspect pleaded guilty, surprising his own lawyer.