rat's nest

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Something that is excessively complicated, entangled, or disorderly.
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To make this mid-17th-century rat's nest of love affairs and sexual confusions intelligible for late-20th-century audiences is a job in itself.

Submitted on July 10, 2018

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rat's nestA software or hardware system whose design lacks organized structure, making it difficult to understand and maintain.
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