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 for snake pit
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  snake pit
      n 1: any place of pain and turmoil; "the hell of battle"; "the
           inferno of the engine room"; "when you're alone Christmas
           is the pits"; [syn: hell, hell on earth, hellhole,
           snake pit, the pits, inferno]
      2: pejorative terms for an insane asylum [syn: Bedlam, booby
         hatch, crazy house, cuckoo's nest, funny farm, funny
         house, loony bin, madhouse, nut house, nuthouse,
         sanatorium, snake pit]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  21 Moby Thesaurus words for "snake pit":
     Chinese puzzle, Gordian knot, Rube Goldberg contraption,
     can of worms, complex, jungle, knot, labyrinth, maze, meander,
     mesh, mess, perplex, ravel, snafu, snarl, tangle, tangled skein,
     webwork, wheels within wheels, wilderness

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