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open a can of worms

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  • open a can of worms — open (up) a can of worms to create a situation that will cause trouble or be unpleasant. The investigation into how these expensive trips were paid for certainly opened a can of worms. Usage notes: sometimes used without open up: I don t think… …   New idioms dictionary

  • open a can of worms — See can of worms …   English idioms

  • can of worms — {n.}, {slang}, {informal} 1. A complex problem, or complicated situation. * /Let s not get into big city politics that s a different can of worms./ 2. A very restless, jittery person. * /Joe can t sit still for a minute he is a can of worms./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • can of worms — {n.}, {slang}, {informal} 1. A complex problem, or complicated situation. * /Let s not get into big city politics that s a different can of worms./ 2. A very restless, jittery person. * /Joe can t sit still for a minute he is a can of worms./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • can of worms — noun a source of unpredictable trouble and complexity • Usage Domain: ↑colloquialism • Hypernyms: ↑trouble, ↑problem * * * : pandora s box * * * Informal. a source of many unpredictable or unexpected problems: Buying a company we know nothing… …   Useful english dictionary

  • can of worms — noun a) A complex, troublesome situation arising when a decision or action produces considerable subsequent problems. If I give her a promotion which she doesnt deserve, it will open up a whole can of worms with the other employees. b) A… …   Wiktionary

  • can of worms — a controversial issue, an old problem    Gun control let s not open that can of worms! …   English idioms

  • can of worms —  A complex problem.  ► “One area that was targeted for cuts was federal food insurance; the premiums charged are considered artificially low by some people. Congress is reluctant to open a can of worms with so many potential voters.” (Barron’s,… …   American business jargon

  • open up a can of worms — open (up) a can of worms to create a situation that will cause trouble or be unpleasant. The investigation into how these expensive trips were paid for certainly opened a can of worms. Usage notes: sometimes used without open up: I don t think… …   New idioms dictionary

  • can of worms — n. an intertwined set of problems; an array of difficulties. (Often with open.) □ This whole business is a real can of worms. □ When you brought that up, you opened a whole new can of worms …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • opening a can of worms — If you open a can of worms, you do something that will cause a lot of problems and is, on balance, probably going to cause more trouble than it s worth …   The small dictionary of idiomes

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