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noun [countable]     Pandora’s box pronunciation in American English
/pænˌdɔrəz ˈbɑks/
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singularPandora’s box
pluralPandora’s boxes
  1. something that could cause a lot of problems if you do it, use it, or say it
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From Pandora, a character in ancient Greek stories who was given a box as a wedding gift but ordered not to open it. When she opened the box, all the troubles came into the world leaving only Hope inside.


a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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