Bag of Snakes

Bag of Snakes

A slang term for a business with difficult and often unforeseen problems. For example, an acquiring company may discover that a subsidiary it recently bought has low employee morale only after the purchase is completed. The company then may be said to have bought a bag of snakes.
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OK, so we have turned out madder than a bag of snakes - but we can definitely interact.
I have a shelf full of books describing how the process of pacification eluded the British raj and was gingerly handed over to the new government of Pakistan like a bag of snakes.
Or can it afford, in terms of potential damage to the already dwindling levy, to continue to ignore a powerful high-street lobby that is already as mad as a bag of snakes on the matter?
I'm a little scared of snakes so reaching into this bag of snakes to put them back into the wild was a little bit intimidating, but it was a lot of fun.
LEONARDO Da Vinci said: "Marriage is like putting your hand into a bag of snakes in the hope of pulling out an eel.
I can just see so many people going down this road and then just getting into a bag of snakes with this deal.
I love the Tour, partly because I reckon you would have to be as mad as a bag of snakes to even think of riding up some of those mountains, let alone descend the other side.
And dealing with journalists can certainly be a bit like putting your hand into a bag of snakes when what you thought you were looking for were slithery eels.
What I would say is that I have just listened to the official Olympic song by Muse, and I believe it truly reflects us as a nation because it is as mad as a bag of snakes.
The Electoral College, and people's attitude toward it, is a bag of snakes that losers always try to open.
Whether you catch the Japanese original or the dubbed English version (both are on release) the story's as mad as a bag of snakes.
Whether Diouf is a goalscorer or not, there is no question he is a bag of snakes when he's got the ball at his feet and that makes Gerard Houllier's side less predictable.