a rat's nest(redirected from a rat's-nest)
a rat's nest
1. Something that is very disorganized, cluttered, or tangled. This closet has turned into a real rat's nest of all my different holiday decorations. Look at that rat's nest of cords plugged into the socket—it's a miracle you didn't blow a fuse sooner. How can you find anything in this rat's nest of a drawer?
2. A concept or situation that is very confusing and difficult to understand. The tax laws in this country are a rat's nest that nobody fully understands. Hoo boy, you better ask Dad for help—car engines are a real rat's nest to me. Organic chemistry is a rat's nest that I can never hope to understand.
See also: nest
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