In Black Widow (2021), Black Widow is on the ship. Inside the building, a soldier finds ladies washroom empty and returns back to Ross:

Soldier: Got an empty nest, Secretary Ross. Her tracker, sir.

What does "empty nest" mean in this context?


It means that they didn't find her where she was expected to be.

There's a common metaphor in English that "the bird has flown", meaning the person you're looking for has disappeared or escaped. This is linked to that — the bird (Black Widow) has left her nest (the building they expected to find her in) so it's empty.

There is also an idiomatic meaning for "empty nest" which is a house where the adult children have moved out and only the parents are left, but that doesn't make sense in this case.

  • Black Widow is not a bird. Jul 26 '21 at 17:42
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    It doesn't mean that she is literally a bird. It's a description — if a bird has left its nest, the nest will be empty. In this scenario, the woman has left the building, so the building is empty. Jul 26 '21 at 17:50

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