To stimulate or stir people to get angry or annoyed, to cause a great problem, to invite danger


  • In 18th century, this phrase originated from ancient Rome. The present phrase also gives a good piece of advice that don’t stir the hornet’s nest means to avoid inviting trouble. It not only would be foolish but dangerous as well to stir people to fury and anger, you might get in to trouble by doing so.

Please don’t bring your younger brother in the party because he just cannot help stirring a hornet’s nest.

Submitted on February 25, 2019


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røre op en horse reden

remover un nido de avispas

remuer un nid de frelons

suscitare un vespaio

crabrones suscitate nidum

ஒரு ஹார்னெட்டின் கூடு அசை

ఒక హార్నెట్ గూడు కదిలించు



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