Can of worms

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Can of worms

Post by Archived Topic » Wed Feb 03, 1999 12:00 am

What do you know about the phrase "Can of Worms?"
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Can of worms

Post by Jonathon Green » Sat Feb 06, 1999 8:00 am

I assume that the phrase is very much what it says: the image of a can of writhing, slippery, unpleasant worms.
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