a mare's nest

a mare's nest
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You have such a tiresome habit of being right. But if it's all a mare's nest we shan't be pleased with you, you know. (A. Christie, ‘The Labours of Hercules’, ‘The Lernean Hydra’) — У вас такая невыносимая привычка всегда быть правым, но если на этот раз вы попали пальцем в небо, то нам, знаете ли, это не доставит удовольствия.

‘A pretty mare's nest you've got us into this time,’ Japp was saying. ‘It's too bad of you, M. Poirot.’ (A. Christie, ‘The Big Four’, ch. 8) — - На этот раз вы направили нас по ложному следу, - сказал Джепп. - Это очень нехорошо, мосье Пуаро.


Большой англо-русский фразеологический словарь. - М.: «Русский язык-Медиа».. 2006.

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  • Mare's nest — may refer to A hoax or illusion All That Glitters Is a Mares Nest, a record by the Cardiacs The Mare s Nest, a book by David Irving This disambiguation page lists articles associated with the same title. If an …   Wikipedia

  • mare's-nest — n. A supposed discovery which turns out to be a hoax; something grossly absurd. [1913 Webster] 2. A confused multitude of things. Syn: clutter, jumble, muddle, welter, smother. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mare's-nest — [merz′nest΄] n. 1. something supposed to be a wonderful discovery but turning out to be a hoax or a delusion 2. a disorderly or confused condition; mess …   English World dictionary

  • mare's-nest — mare s′ nest n. 1) a discovery that proves to be a delusion or a hoax 2) a very confused or disordered place or situation • Etymology: 1610–20 …   From formal English to slang

  • mare's nest — ► NOUN 1) a muddle. 2) an illusory discovery …   English terms dictionary

  • mare's nest — noun a confused multitude of things • Syn: ↑clutter, ↑jumble, ↑muddle, ↑fuddle, ↑welter, ↑smother • Derivationally related forms: ↑muddle (for: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • mare's-nest — /mairz nest /, n. 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,… …   Universalium

  • mare's-nest — /mairz nest /, n. 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,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • mare's nest — noun (plural mare s nests or mares nests) Date: 1576 1. a false discovery, illusion, or deliberate hoax 2. a place, condition, or situation of great disorder or confusion < a mare s nest of intrigue and troubles with the money men William Cole > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • mare's nest — {n. phr.} Something that doesn t exist; a discovery that proves to be worthless. * /He claims that he has discovered a gasoline substitute but we suspect it will turn out to be a mare s nest./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • mare's nest — {n. phr.} Something that doesn t exist; a discovery that proves to be worthless. * /He claims that he has discovered a gasoline substitute but we suspect it will turn out to be a mare s nest./ …   Dictionary of American idioms


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