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dragon's teeth

plural noun
(informal) conical or wedge-shaped concrete antitank obstacles protruding from the ground in rows: used in World War II
sow dragon's teeth, to take some action that is intended to prevent strife or trouble but that actually brings it about
Word Origin
sense 2 from the story of Cadmus
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