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- something supposed to be a wonderful discovery but turning out to be a hoax or a delusion
- a disorderly or confused condition; mess
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
noun pl. mare's nests or mares' nests
- A hoax or fraud.
- An extraordinarily complicated situation.