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
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- 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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All our people to worry about and our House, all our enemies, all the unexpected catastrophes of nature and of man that seem to be ever present — and all the sins and piracies and devil's work of the past that are waiting to burst forth from our own Pandora's box as they do from time to time.