a (ticking) time bomb

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a (ticking) time bomb

A person, thing, or situation that can at any moment cause much havoc or result in a disastrous outcome. I'm telling you, this dirty money we're using to finance the campaign is a ticking time bomb! If anyone were to investigate how we got it, we'd all go to jail! Jenny's attracted to men who exude an air of danger, and her new boyfriend seems like a time bomb.
See also: bomb, time

time bomb

A situation that threatens to have disastrous consequences at some future time, as in That departmental dispute is a time bomb just waiting to go off. This term alludes to an explosive device that is set to go off at a specific time. [First half of 1900s]
See also: bomb, time
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These figures show that millions of adults of all ages are living with untreated high blood pressure - a ticking time bomb that puts their future health in jeopardy.
It's a ticking time bomb for tens of thousands of workers around the UK.
The families and children living there must have health problems in the future - a ticking time bomb.
The Green party described the heaps of rubbish dumped in Kyperounta on Wednesday as a 'ticking time bomb'.
The Parents Television Council describes the second season of the series as "a ticking time bomb to teens and children." It wants both seasons yanked.
On the surface everything is okay but I am scared that this could be a ticking time bomb. Or am just being paranoid?Two years?
An insider thinks it's only a matter of time before this ticking time bomb explodes.
It has become a ticking time bomb, threatening to shake the financial sector and cause an economic crisis.
Abidjan: The African Development Bank and its East and North African Governors stressed urgent steps to match the continent's growing population and youth unemployment, which they likened to a "ticking time bomb".
He expressed concern when debating the 2018/19 budget speech, that while the issue continued to be a ticking time bomb, the budget speech by the Minister of Finance and Economic Development failed to provide detailed explanation of how it would be addressed.
The man accused of carrying out the Finsbury Park terror attack was a "ticking time bomb" who became obsessed with Muslims after watching a drama based on the Rochdale grooming scandal, a court heard.
The syndicate stressed that the reality of nursing in Lebanon is a "ticking time bomb," due to multiple factors such as the low salaries for nurses.
If India, which is facing multi-dimensional problems, is not a ticking time bomb, how come Pakistan has become a time bomb?
AROUND 28,000 pubs have closed since the 1970s as the sector faces a "ticking time bomb" over its future, a report warns.