open Pandora's box

open (a) Pandora's box

To begin or introduce something that leads to many other problems. A reference to the story from Greek mythology in which Pandora opens a box containing all the possible things that can affect humanity negatively. It seems like we've opened Pandora's box with this topic today. We've been getting hundreds of messages from listeners from around the country who have been affected by it. Trying to fix the bug opened a Pandora's box of other issues with the computer.
See also: box, open

open Pandora's box

Fig. to uncover a lot of unsuspected problems. When I asked Jane about her problems, I didn't know I had opened Pandora's box. You should be cautious with people who are upset. You don't want to open Pandora's box.
See also: box, open
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Giving time-scale promotions to the college teachers would open Pandora's Box, encouraging other provincial cadre employee to demand the same,' he said, adding that the provincial government could not afford to accept this demand and risk yet another agitation.
Their go-to is my motherhood and you open the can of worms, you open Pandora's Box and you don't know what might pop out of it.
He stressed that a flexible Union is not a weaker Union and it is important to continue to review and reform without the constant talk of Treaty change which would open Pandora's box.
12 voting million or 65 million total population, to open Pandora's box.
3]ae[euro][logical not]) and Dhon Quikhote ([euro][micro]aeaa aaae[euro]ae[euro][cedilla]ae); between Cervantes ([euro][euro]au[euro]*[euro][logical not][euro]) and Thervantes ([euro]1/2[euro][euro] [euro]*aa[euro][logical not][euro]), to speak of Cervantes in Arabic is to open Pandora's box on the inexhaustible theme of Arabic "renaissance" and the making and re-making of intellectual life.
Instead, activists looked high and low for a single hard case that would open Pandora's Box, and found a family-owned pizzeria whose owners said they would not cater a same-sex marriage if asked -- not that anyone had.
The fact remains that losing one member of the family would ultimately open Pandora's box.
Paul said: "We have called her Pandora because really we want to open Pandora's Box and find out where she has come from and what has happened to her.
German, French, Irish and Italian participants in a "war game" simulating the process said British attempts to repatriate powers would open Pandora's Box, with other EU nations jockeying to win concessions and appeal to voters swayed by the rise of eurosceptic parties.
In case BDI open Pandora's Box with their amendments, SDSM may also put forward their own.
Ahmed Rashid: Drone Strikes Open Pandora's Box Intelligence Squared US Debates - Kaufman Center Remotely piloted aircraft, or drones, have been the centerpiece of America's counterterrorism toolkit since the start of the Obama presidency, and the benefits have been clear.
Following other ministerial meetings, it's almost as if the Marina West Homeowners are about to open Pandora's Box.
We all know that when you open Pandora's Box it will be very difficult to close it.
He warned them against re-opening the debate on matters already resolved: this would open Pandora's box and prevent them from reaching a final agreement by the end of June.
I believe that the exchange of territories between Kosovo and Serbia, regardless of whether it will be in the way of reciprocity, will open Pandora's Box and include Skopje as well," writes Xhafet Haliti, vice president of Kosovo's Parliament, in his column.