hornets' nest

hornets' nest
   If you stir up a hornets' nest, you do something very controversial that causes a lot of trouble and anger.
   A hornets' nest is a violent situation or one with a lot of dispute. (If you create the problem, you 'stir up a hornets' nest'.)
  (Dorking School Dictionary)

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