go down the rabbit hole

go down the rabbit hole

To enter into a situation or begin a process or journey that is particularly strange, problematic, difficult, complex, or chaotic, especially one that becomes increasingly so as it develops or unfolds. (An allusion to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.) Owning your own business is a huge responsibility that not everyone is prepared for. Are you sure you're ready to go down the rabbit hole? I've stayed away from drugs and alcohol since coming to college. I have an addictive personality, so I decided to just avoid going down that rabbit hole altogether. Overhauling the current tax legislation is a rabbit hole I don't think this administration should go down at this point.
See also: down, hole, rabbit
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She revealed: "When I met the director Steven Soderbergh and [producer] Greg they said to me, 'Just so you know, she's going to go down the rabbit hole and your parents aren't going to want to see this'.
Alice in Wonderland | Go down the rabbit hole |with Alice at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff as she goes on a madcap adventure tomorrow.