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Our idiom this week is stir up a hornet’s nest – something I try to avoid.
Theidioms.com tells us that to stir up a hornets nest means:
to create trouble
to cause an uproar
to cause an upheaval
a commotion which possibly ends in anger and frustration
They also tell us that this phrase has been used since at least the 1700’s and though it’s origin is unknown many authors have used it in both fiction and non-fictions writings.
A few weeks back, while I was cutting back lavender blossoms which had died off, I noticed what looked like small bees begin swarming near the ground where I was standing. Normally seeing bees in the prayer garden does not bother me but their action seemed angry. I stepped back several steps and observed these bees flying in and out of the ground beneath a lavender plant. Their action was apparently warning me that I was getting too close to their nest and they were prepared to defend their territory. I certainly did not want to stir up a yellow jackets (hornet’s) nest. I have stayed clear of that area since then.
Here’s what I know about stirring up a hornet’s nest.
- Hornets are prepared to aggressively defend their territory.
- If threatened they will inflict pain.
Are humans any different?
Have you ever literally or figuratively stirred up a hornets nest? Please tell me about it in the comments box below.