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- n. Alternative spelling of mare's nest.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A supposed discovery which turns out to be a hoax; something grossly absurd.
- n. A confused multitude of things.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To discover mare's nests; make absurd discoveries; imagine that one has made an important discovery which is really no discovery at all, or is a hoax.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a confused multitude of things
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Ten men and women, eight of them working on new projects that had been started since young van Riebeek had started after this mare's-nest of his, all of them diverted from serious planned research.
Generalizations are commonly unsafe in proportion as they are tempting; and this, together with its pretty twin-brother about Cavaliers and Roundheads, would seem to have been hatched from the same egg and in the same mare's-nest.
Company found to their cost, that it was they who were burying their treasure, instead of Captain Kidd who had buried his; so, having realized their mare's-nest, they gave it up.
But I don't suppose the denial had the smallest effect upon Mr. KING, who probably went off and dined heartily on a magnum of mare's-nest soup.
The machine that was growing in a mare's-nest on the second floor began to evolve faster.
Jackson's voice, quavering with excitement, said, "I've run into a mare's-nest up here."
"Well, how about this Peruvian mare's-nest of yours?"
We talked money for about a quarter of an hour and then he said: "Well, how about this Peruvian mare's-nest of yours?"
"It's no mare's-nest," I said; "come and have a look at it."
There was Doctor Wells, the local physician, who had joked with her about moving into the Bat's home territory -- He seemed an intelligent man -- but she knew him only slightly -- she couldn't call a busy Doctor away from his patients to investigate something which might only prove to be a mare's-nest.