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open up a can of worms

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open up a can of worms

verb phrase

To broach a very complicated and troublesome matter; set something messy in motion: Merit pay? Let's not open up that can of worms (1962+)

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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