Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

Pandora's box

Pandora's box
Meaning(s)
1) something that can lead to a lot of unexpected problems if interfered with
  • How to MemorizePopularity MediumProfessional MediumSocial
    • fear of opening Pandora's box
  • Analysis
    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)
    1. The expert stated his belief that scientists risk opening Pandora's box with 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.
    2. They decided against conducting a wide-ranging investigation into political corruption, fearing that it would open a Pandora's box of complications that would take years to resolve.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. Many business owners are afraid that obtaining feedback from customers will open a Pandora's box but it is the only way to learn how to adapt and grow your business.
    2. The department review revealed a Pandora's box of breaches, poor management and toxic behaviour.
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