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  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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Origin of mare's-nest

First recorded in 1610–20
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Related Words for mare's-nest

lie, fraud, scam, illusion, ruse, hoax, trick, subterfuge, cover-up, stratagem, cheat, whitewash, sting, catch, sham, artifice, pretext, gimmick, story, decoy

British Dictionary definitions for mare's-nest


  1. a discovery imagined to be important but proving worthless
  2. a disordered situation
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