to stir up a hornet's nest

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - stir up a hornet's nest

"to stir up a hornet's nest"

to cause a situation that makes people very angry or upset


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - stir up a hornet's nest

Two teachers are talking ...

Teacher 1:  Have you heard that the administration is going to force all schools to adopt a healthy-food program?

Teacher 2:  That's going to stir up a hornet's nest of protest.

Teacher 1:  I agree that a lot of teachers, especially, are going to be quite upset when they can't get a Diet Coke from the vending machine.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - stir up a hornet's nest

Two students are talking ...

Student 1:  That was an interesting lecture today about Charles Darwin.

Student 2:  I agree. I always took for granted that evolution was just a fact but in Darwin's day the idea that evolution caused primates to evolve into humans stirred up a hornet's nest of indignation.

Student 1:  Sure. The dominant Christian society was outraged that anyone would suggest that God was not responsible for all creation.

to stir up a hornet's nest - Usage:


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to stir up a hornet's nest - Gerund Form:

Stirring up a hornet's nest, the boss announced that all overtime was canceled.

to stir up a hornet's nest - Examples:

1)  ... Lecture has stirred up a hornet's nest of debate in cricketing circles, in particular in India, where the ...

2)  ... the researchers stirred up a hornet's nest of response in some quarters.

3)  In killing Lennox, the BCC has stirred up a hornet's nest. Requests asking for an investigation into BCC's handling of the Lennox ...

4)  ... and of course it got in the newspapers and stirred up a hornet's nest and the big wigs' wives got upset and insisted their husbands march ...

5)  Lillee has been famous for kicking up controversies. He stirred up a hornet's nest when he called the current Australian team "Dad's army".

6)  During the second run in I saw that we had stirred up a hornet's nest of activity. Katangese soldiers were running about everywhere, ...

7)  As for Dr. Cooper, she has stirred up a hornet's nest. I completely disagree with some parts of her article, ...

8)  ... who stirred up a hornet's nest of controversy when she said gays shouldn't be allowed to marry, ...

9)  ... they have turned their back on the homeland. Dual nationality has stirred up a hornet's nest, and some are getting stung, and arguments to and for are ...

10)  It has stirred up a hornet's nest of comments, some of which include open support for OBL's cause ...

11)  ... legal maneuvers against Apple were a bit ham-fisted. But they have stirred up a hornet's nest by going after Android, and there's no reason that all other ...

12)  ... better move quick as we did on Anwar al-Awlaki. We have stirred up a hornet's nest of extremists around the world.

13)  Wow, Derek - you really stirred up a hornet's nest. Amazing how many people still don't comprehend the truth.

14)  ... he's either guilty of stirring up a hornet's nest or he was innocently reporting news and was trapped ...

15)  It is as good as stirring up a hornet's nest. Arguments will continue on Thursday.

16)  Let's hope I'm not stirring up a hornet's nest!

17)  This book may possibly be stirring up a hornet's nest of indignation and criticism because it gives ideas, which go against ...

18)  ... sordid truth about Captain Planet. We had no idea we were stirring up a hornet's nest.

19)  ... and has made the area worse by stirring up a hornet's nest every-time he tries to raid a stash-house or get revenge on them.

20)  ... it is extremely reluctant to stir up a hornet's nest by initiating court proceedings against senior retired officers.