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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A source of many unforeseen troubles: "Reform is a Pandora's box; opening up the system can lead to a loss of economic and political control” ( Russell Watson).

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  • proper n. A box given to Pandora by Zeus whose instructions that it must not be opened were ignored with disastrous consequences
  • n. A source of unforeseen trouble

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (Greek mythology) a box that Zeus gave to Pandora with instructions that she not open it; she gave in to her curiosity and opened it; all the miseries and evils flew out to afflict mankind

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