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Frankenstein's monster

Something that harms or destroys its creator and cannot be controlled. A reference to the monster in the book Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. At first, my side business seemed like a good idea, but it has turned into Frankenstein's monster, eating away at my time and finances.
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Frankenstein's monster

a thing that becomes terrifying or destructive to its maker.
Frankenstein was the title of a novel written in 1818 by Mary Shelley . The scientist Frankenstein creates and brings to life a manlike monster which eventually turns on him and destroys him; Frankenstein is not the name of the monster itself, as is often assumed.
1991 John Kingdom Local Government & Politics in Britain The factories of the bourgeoisie had created another dangerous by-product, a Frankenstein's monster posing a constant sense of threat—the working class.
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The Ghost Of Frankenstein in 1941 saw Cedric Hardwicke as both Ludwig Frankenstein and the ghost of Henry Frankenstein with Lon Chaney as the monster and Bela Lugosi as Ygor.
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While popular culture depicts Frankenstein's monster as a giant, having green-colored skin and bolts stuck in his neck, Shelley (http://www.ibtimes.com/frankenstein-day-five-myths-about-frankenstein-monster-1402033) did not describe the creature  quite in those terms in her novel.
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The Cambridge Companion to Frankenstein. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016.
The week before his final performance at NYCB, he was contemplating his next moves: another outing with Christopher Wheeldon in the November New York City Center production of Brigadoon; and an off-Broadway debut, choreographing on himself and starring in an Ensemble for the Romantic Century production, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. The show, which opens this month at the Pershing Square Signature Center, is a typical Ensemble amalgam--excerpts from the novel and Shelley's other writings merged with music and art.
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