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 Hornets (Josh. xxiv. 12).Hor’nie (2 syl.). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Hornet’s Nest.
To poke your head into a hornet’s nest. To bring a hornet’s nest about your ears. To get into trouble by meddling and making. The bear is very fond of honey, and often gets stung by poking its snout by mistake into a hornet’s nest in search of its favourite dainty.   1

 Hornets (Josh. xxiv. 12).Hor’nie (2 syl.). 

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