the lion’s den

the lion's den

Meaning | Synonyms

  • a place which is uncomfortable
  • an unpleasant situation
  • falling into the state of antagonism
  • indulging in rivalry
  • a dangerous and difficult moment

Example Sentences

  1. Two of the new students were thrown into the lion's den as their ragging was taking place.
  2. David knew that he would be facing difficulties, but he still entered the lion's den without any fear.
  3. Before her interview, she felt as if she was about to enter the lion's den.
  4. Nick felt like he was walking into the lion's den while he was going to the stage in order to deliver his speech.
  5. Supporting him was not less than entering the lion's den.


It is said that the phrase came from the story of "Daniel in the lions' den" in the sixth century B.C. when a number of people from Judah became the captives in Babylonia. Daniel used to pray to his God which was against the command of the king so he was thrown into a lions' den to be consumed by the lions. From this story, we can relate that a lion's den is a dangerous place and a risky situation.

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