powder keg

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powder keg

A situation that could quickly become very volatile and dangerous. It became obvious we were sitting on a powder keg as the protests in the city became more frequent.
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a powder keg

A powder keg is a very dangerous situation or place in which something very bad could happen at any time. His imprisonment is a political powder keg. The region has long been regarded as the powder keg of Europe. Note: You can say that someone is sitting on a powder keg if they are in a very dangerous situation. The Prime Minister was all too aware that he was sitting on a powder keg which could explode at any moment. Note: A powder keg was a small barrel which was used to store gunpowder.
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The Hamas regime and the other terrorist organizations turned the Gaza Strip into a powder-keg. We build hospitals while they build terrorist tunnels and missiles.
LEE CLARK admits he is relishing the prospect of taking on recently relegated Sunderland in what can only be described as a powder-keg EFL Cup clash for the ex-Newcastle United and Black Cats man.
But Steve McClaren claimed the first half was 'perfect' and there was disappointment on Tyneside at referee Bobby Madley, who sent off Fabricio Coloccini just before half-time in a decision that changed the course of a powder-keg match.
Amid a powder-keg atmosphere seven other players - three for Chelsea and four for PSG - were given yellow cards.
THE execution of Kim Jongun's uncle will confirm many peoples' conviction that North Korea is a land in which state-sanctioned killings are a political tool and deepen anxieties that this is a powder-keg nation with the potential to spread mayhem and disaster across the surrounding region.
But the Blantyre derby hardly looks like a powder-keg fixture.
From former All Saint Natalie Appleton to royal butler Paul Burrell, to loud- mouthed journalist Janet Street-Porter, the selection looks set to promise a powder-keg of personalities.
The reasons offered by English Heritage for so doing are a powder-keg, capable of blowing away the planning controls that councils everywhere - and English Heritage itself - rely on to protect our most important historical buildings.
He said it had turned Ulster into a powder-keg that was primed for explosion.
Kevin Keegan walked into a powder-keg situation with hundreds of Manchester United fans at Oporto Airport last week - and came away smiling.
Birmingham boss Trevor Francis is sitting on a powder-keg.
VILLAIN Paddy Conroy today claims he was the target of a powder-keg prison murder plot.
And the potential for Sousa to be in the opposition dug-out would make it a powder-keg atmosphere following his controversial time in South Wales.
Yorath is among the numerous dissenting voices accusing Hammam of adding to a powder-keg atmosphere at Ninian Park on Sunday, prompting him to pledge not to walk around the club's pitch in future.
Guidi was also awarded runner-up in the Scoop of the Year category for his exclusive revelation that the SFA admitted lying to Celtic manager Neil Lennon over a powder-keg match against Dundee United last year.