go down the rabbit hole

go down the rabbit hole

To enter into a situation or begin a process or journey that is particularly strange, problematic, difficult, complex, or chaotic, especially one that becomes increasingly so as it develops or unfolds. (An allusion to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.) Owning your own business is a huge responsibility that not everyone is prepared for. Are you sure you're ready to go down the rabbit hole? I've stayed away from drugs and alcohol since coming to college. I have an addictive personality, so I decided to just avoid going down that rabbit hole altogether. Overhauling the current tax legislation is a rabbit hole I don't think this administration should go down at this point.
See also: down, hole, rabbit
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Even though the couple's lives already started with an obstacle and both are aware that the current circumstances may lead to an unpromising future, Sarah and Ibrahim are willing and ready to go down the rabbit hole.
When the trio comes across a magical potion that will make them pretty--drop-dead, supermodel level pretty--they go down the rabbit hole and try it.
The nature of the flicker tends to entice the crew to go down the rabbit hole of troubleshooting, to see what conditions, if any, cause the light to come on, even though there's nothing to remedy the situation in the air besides shutting down the engine.
She revealed: "When I met the director Steven Soderbergh and [producer] Greg they said to me, 'Just so you know, she's going to go down the rabbit hole and your parents aren't going to want to see this'.
Alice in Wonderland | Go down the rabbit hole |with Alice at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff as she goes on a madcap adventure tomorrow.
Are we really just gonna go down the rabbit hole, selling our souls to the highest bidder, tying in with anybody who'll pay?