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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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The Story of Creation and Daniel in the Lion's Den are due in stores January 1997; Noah and the Flood is due by Christmas of next year.
For years, visitors have been separated from the lion's den by a railing and a planter, as well as by a nine- to ten-foot sheer drop to a water-filled moat.
On the posters that advertise our engagement at the Lion's Den there are photographs of him from that period.
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With a pass like that you are putting your team-mate into the lion's den," he said.
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He was the man who refused to obey the king's order to refrain from prayer to God and was thrown into the lion's den.
On accepting an invitation to view The Lion's Den, we naturally expected to be met by someone called Daniel.
And at Valley College, students found a new lounge, the Lion's Den, located in the cafeteria.
But I'm not sure whether it's Daniel going into the lion's den, or the lion going into Daniel's den.
Critics worry that expedited deportations allowed under the law mean that many with legitimate asylum claims are being hurried not to safety but back to the political or social lion's den they escaped.
InStaffs marketing manger Mr Ian Mabberley said: "In many respects it was a question of going into the lion's den with a combative - but constructive - message highlighting the benefits of Staffordshire to potential inward investors.