Meaning of mare's-nest


Pronunciation: (mârz'nest"), [key]
— n.
  1. something imagined to be an extraordinary discovery but proving to be a delusion or a hoax: The announced cure for the disease was merely another mare's-nest.
  2. an extremely confused, entangled, or disordered place, situation, etc.: We just moved in, and the place is a mare's-nest.
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