Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts
1) something that can lead to a lot of unexpected problems if interfered with
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fear of opening Pandora's box
Pandora's Box comes from a Greek mythological story where the character Pandora opens a box containing sickness and death. If something is described as a Pandora's Box, therefore, it means a source of unexpected trouble or problems. Similar in meaning to 'open a can of worms'.
Social Examples (Advance)
The expert stated his belief that scientistsrisk opening Pandora's boxwith their work on Artificial Intelligence. He insisted that they have no true idea of what they are dealing with or what it could lead to in the future.
They decided against conducting a wide-ranging investigation into political corruption, fearing thatit wouldopen a Pandora's box of complications that would take years to resolve.
Professional Examples (Advance)
Many business owners are afraid that obtaining feedback from customers will open a Pandora's boxbut it is the only way to learn how to adapt and grow your business.
The department review revealed aPandora's box of breaches, poor management and toxic behaviour.
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