open Pandora's box

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

open (a) Pandora's box

to start something that causes many new and unexpected problems They worry that any decision they make about testing will open a Pandora's box. What kind of Pandora's box do we open if we decide not arrest people who have committed a crime?
Etymology: based on an old Greek story in which a woman named Pandora opened a box containing all the troubles the world has experienced
See also: box, open
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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.
At worst, if uncontrolled, it could open Pandora's box, including the unacceptable quest for "designer babies".
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.
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.
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.
In a statement he said that the court's judgment for issuing arrest warrants of APML Chief Pervez Musharraf would open Pandora's box as the security forces carried out military operations in different areas of the country in different situations on the indication of political leadership and in accordance of constitution of Pakistan, those operations couldn't be challenged in any court of the country.
I'd rather open Pandora's box than empty it," said Graham, who also predicted that "a military strike by air and sea" could result in the overthrow of the Iranian regime without the need for U.
The Second and Fifth Circuit Courts of Appeal rulings certainly could open Pandora's box.
If you do, this will open Pandora's Box on to other unspeakable things.
This column has always argued the invasion of Iraq was fundamentally wrong and that it would open Pandora's Box but I have to say that the American President's assertion on Wednesday that the US has within its grasp "a major strategic victory" is nothing short of nonsense.