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. But hard is not impossible -- especially when you have modern communications and transport, and the most potent army in history ready to help.
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?
Mind you, even then there was a limit to how sympathetic the two columnists were to Heather - one said she was "deluded, greedy as mad as a bag of snakes".
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."
Quick: define any or all of these terms sometimes used in business--"long pole in the tent," "deal toy," "sharing teeth," "bag of snakes."
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. I'll probably stick with Spandau Ballet and Gold but hey, 12 out of 10 for effort.
I was basically mad as a bag of snakes. I'm sure there were phases when I was utterly bonkers.
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.