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Mare's nest   /mɛrz nɛst/   Listen
Mare's nest

A confused multitude of things.  Synonyms: clutter, fuddle, jumble, muddle, smother, welter.

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"Mare's nest" Quotes from Famous Books

... for it if it turns out a mare's nest," said Vigo, in a low, meaning voice to me. But I hardly heard him. I passed him and Lucas, and flew down the long ...
— Helmet of Navarre • Bertha Runkle

... with us, small and great: We are undone of chatter and on dit, Report, retort, rejoinder, repartee, Mole-hill and mare's nest, fiction up-to-date, Babble of booklets, bicker of debate, Aspect of A., and attitude of B.— A waste of words that drive us like a sea, Mere derelict ...
— De Libris: Prose and Verse • Austin Dobson

... "Here is our mare's nest at last," quoth Cary, as the Piache from whines rose to screams and gesticulations, and then to violent convulsions, foaming at the mouth, and rolling of the eyeballs, till he suddenly sank ...
— Westward Ho! • Charles Kingsley

... he writes—are probably resting in some desert village. They'll come along all right. But I'm awfully glad the dear man hasn't found a mare's nest, aren't you?" She spoke again quickly, before Margaret had time to answer. "What does your brother say about it? Isn't he surprised? He thought it was all tommy-rot, didn't he? How ...
— There was a King in Egypt • Norma Lorimer

... mare's nest, sir, and even now I don't like to speak too fast; but it looks to me as if the poor gentleman had been robbed and murdered, and whoever did it has hidden ...
— Witness to the Deed • George Manville Fenn

Words linked to "Mare's nest" :   disorderliness, disorder, rummage

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