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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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Land of the Lions is set to open in Spring 2016, and at 2,500sqm, the lions den will be more than five times the size of the current lion space at the zoo.
Their regular weekly coffee morning will continue each Tuesday morning in The Lions Den (behind the YMCA) and they will continue to work in the community raising funds for worthy causes.
Paul offers the Lions Den, a family style restaurant featuring local dishes such as specially prepared walleye as well as traditional favorites such as steaks and burgers.
Dippers can get fundraising sponsorship forms from Al's Superstore in Ashington or at the Lionesses' Club Tuesday coffee mornings held from 9am to noon at the Lions Den behind the town's YMCA building.
Was putting Sidewinder in the middle of the lions den, at a hacker conference, a risky endeavor?