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.
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the lion's den

a demanding, intimidating, or unpleasant place or situation.
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the ˌlion’s ˈden

a difficult situation in which you have to face a person or people who are unfriendly or aggressive towards you: Before each one of her press conferences, she felt as if she were going into the lion’s den.This idiom comes from the story of Daniel in the Bible, who went into a lion’s den (= home) as a punishment but was not hurt by the lion.
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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.