snake pit

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snake pit (plural snake pits)

  1. A pit filled with snakes.
  2. (figurative) Any institution (such as a school, prison, hospital, etc.) run in an inept or inhumane way, or full of hostile or treacherous people.
    • 2022 April 28, Farhad Manjoo, “Is Elon Musk Really That Bad?”, in The New York Times[1], →ISSN:
      He says he wants to bring “free speech” to the platform, but it’s a mystery what exactly that means, and how he would do so while preventing the service from devolving into a snake pit of hate and harassment even more venomous than it already is.

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