stir up a hornet's nest

stir up a hornet's nest
   If you stir up a hornet's nest, you do something which causes a commotion and provokes criticism and anger.
   

His letter to the Board stirred up a real hornet's nest.


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  • stir up a hornet's nest — {v. phr.} To make many people angry; do something that many people don t like. * /The principal stirred up a hornet s nest by changing the rules at school./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • stir up a hornet's nest — {v. phr.} To make many people angry; do something that many people don t like. * /The principal stirred up a hornet s nest by changing the rules at school./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • stir up a hornet's nest — stir up a hornet’s nest phrase to cause a situation that makes people very angry or upset Thesaurus: to cause problems for someone or somethingsynonym Main entry: hornet …   Useful english dictionary

  • stir\ up\ a\ hornet's\ nest — v. phr. To make many people angry; do something that many people don t like. The principal stirred up a hornet s nest by changing the rules at school …   Словарь американских идиом

  • stir up a hornet's nest — make many people angry, do something that many people don t like He stirred up a hornet s nest when he began to talk about the problems with the bonus system at his job …   Idioms and examples

  • To stir up a hornet's nest — Hornet Hor net, n. [AS. hyrnet; akin to OHG. hornaz, hornuz, G. horniss; perh. akin to E. horn, and named from the sound it makes as if blowing the horn; but more prob. akin to D. horzel, Lith. szirszone, L. crabo.] (Zo[ o]l.) A large, strong… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stir up a hornet's nest — cause major problems; agitate hornets in a nest …   English contemporary dictionary

  • stir up a hornet's nest — to cause a situation that makes people very angry or upset …   English dictionary

  • hornet's nest — noun 1. a highly contentious or hazardous situation talk of invading Iraq stirred up a political hornets nest • Syn: ↑hornets nest • Hypernyms: ↑situation 2. habitation for wasps or hornets • Syn: ↑wasp s nest …   Useful english dictionary

  • hornet's nest — n. angry reaction to stir up a hornet s nest * * * [ angry reaction ] to stir up a hornet s nest …   Combinatory dictionary

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