Last modified on 5 April 2013, at 12:22
1899 Welsh cartoon using the phrase mare's nest.
From mare's + nest. Compare horse-nest.
mare's nest (plural mare's nests)
- A great discovery which turns out to be illusory; a hoax.
- c. 1620, John Fletcher, Bonduca, V.2:
- Why dost thou laugh? What Mares nest hast thou found?
- A confused or complicated situation; a muddle.
- 2002, Colin Jones, The Great Nation, Penguin 2003, p. 277:
- Though Chancellor Maupeou had supported the idea of a trial [...], the legal proceedings developed into a mare's nest of accusations and counter-accusations.