can of worms

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Synonyms for can of worms

a situation that presents difficulty, uncertainty, or perplexity

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a source of unpredictable trouble and complexity

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Meanwhile, efforts to genetically modify bees that are resistant to predators and pathogens could also prove fruitful, although such high tech solutions are still untested and could open up other cans of worms.
Their Present Aid shop offers a range of presents for the world's deprived, from cans of worms (which help improve soil and the production of compost) to dental treatment and emergency care in a malnutrition ward.
There have been several cans of worms opened on this dreadful tour but none so full of the smellies and the wrigglies as this one.
But cans of worms are often opened once the carnality ends.
It's like a lot of other cans of worms, where NCAA rules are not black and white, and you have to decide what's reasonable and what's not," Matthews said.
A theme entitled "Pushing the Comfort Zone" examines activities in which physicians engage before collaboration: selecting elderly patients, "opening cans of worms," recognizing patient and family expectations, and going outside the comfort zone.
Now comes ``The Arrogance of Power: The Secret World of Richard Nixon,'' Anthony Summers' book redrafted into The History Channel's ``Time Machine'' documentary ``Nixon: The Arrogance of Power,'' which opens several new shocking cans of worms.
Brenda Blethyn got an award at Cannes for her performance as Cynthia, the tearful, fearful middle-aged mother whose own best kept secret emerges to kick over the cans of worms that everybody has so far managed to keep the lids on.
Those questions, and many more like them, have opened thousands of cans of worms over the past decade, which is about when the concept of integrated supply began to gain notice.
If, after you have approved the design and hired a contractor, you start changing things, two cans of worms will be opened; the price can and the schedule can.