what does the expression "Stir up a hornet's nest mean"?
to provoke trouble; or to put a hornets net into a pot and stir; or to play with hornets
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It's showing red rag to a bull.
The idiom mean to make trouble, to provoke,or to make someone angy.
It means to create or provoke trouble, difficult situation
To "Stir up a hornet's nest" means to start trouble, to create drama, to make a situation difficult, to cause a problem.
Acting in a way that causes too much discussion or creates a situation that is too difficult to handle.
To "Stir up a hornets nests", means to cause extreme trouble.
It could be literal, stirring a hornet's nest... and then the expression means: to provoke trouble, where the trouble would have remained unnoticed or just left alone. Once trouble is addressed, it is generally followed by a version of chaos or unrest
It means to do something that produces a situation which is extremely difficult to deal with.