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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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References in classic literature ?
And yet, frightful though this spot may be, it is looked upon as a kind of paradise by the men whose days are numbered; it is so rare for them to leave the Lions' Den for any other place than the barrier Saint-Jacques or the galleys!
The keeper was so stupefied at this scene that he took Andrea by the hands and began examining his person, attributing the sudden submission of the inmates of the Lions' Den to something more substantial than mere fascination.
At the gate, a zookeeper promptly escorted visitors to what he called the most important display, the Lions' Den.
Who was thrown in the lions' den for refusing actor Tom Riley play Gavin Sorensen?
We are going into the lions' den, and we know we will be under pressure at some stage in the game.
Theo Paphitis told her on the show, shown last Monday: "It would be like walking into the lions' den - they will eat you alive.
Now it has launched the Lions' Den, the first challenge of its kind between Scotland's leading solicitors.
It was a case of John coming into the lions' den, but he explained the pressures on the council and the reasons behind the policy.
DARREN Carter has no qualms about stepping into the Molineux cauldron on Sunday after surviving the Lions' Den.
Mum Yvonne Scott said: "I felt like I was throwing him into the lions' den because I was taking him to the bullies every day.
Cardiff featherweight Henry Janes goes into the lions' den tonight on the big Manchester show, crossing gloves in a rematch with the one man to stop him in his 11-fight pro career.
After a mauling in the Lions' Den at Millwall last week, this excellent team effort ended that disappointment.
She said at the time: ``The car was filling with smoke and we were in the middle of the lions' den.
When Daniel is discovered performing his daily prayers to the God of the Jews, he is cast into the lions' den to be devoured.
SKY bravely take their expensive machinery into the Lions' Den tonight for a potential humdinger from Division Two, writes Steve Davies.