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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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.
RE TUDNO CASTLE DEMOLITION SAFETY FEARS PROMPT MORE LLANDUDNO ROAD CLOSURES SUSAN DONE: Seems like it was a ticking time bomb could have dropped at any time over the past few years MIKE CARELESS: Just pull the whole thing down.
It's a bit of a ticking time bomb with a lot of wires that could mistakenly be pulled.
With a national election sometime during the first half of next year, Italian politics for Europe are like a ticking time bomb.
It is a ticking time bomb that is leading to more and more boys, especially white working class boys, feeling disengaged, out-of-place and marginalised by our education system from an early age.
And she insisted: "The lack of sex and relationship education in our schools is a ticking time bomb that the Government must address.
The lad has been a ticking time bomb for a while now and he snaps telling Lindsey that if she doesn't get a paternity test soon, he won't be keeping mum for much longer.
He is a ticking time bomb every time he goes on to the pitch and although Thomas Muller didn't exactly cover himself in glory with his theatrics after the initial incident, Pepe made it so easy for the referee to flash a red card after a pathetic headbutt (below).
Bank of America knew of the poor quality of the mortgage loans, and knew the original unsold RMBS were a ticking time bomb on the bank's books.
Obesity: A Ticking Time Bomb for Reproductive Health.
BYOD was characterised as a ticking time bomb for B2B hardware channels.
It is a tragedy for the young people involved - a ticking time bomb for the economy and our society as a whole.
The trend for late nights and early mornings is actually a ticking time bomb for our health.