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.
If India, which is facing multi-dimensional problems, is not a ticking time bomb, how come Pakistan has become a time bomb?
He described him as "a ticking time bomb who is fixated on her and poses a threat of serious physical harm or death to her and anyone around her."
Peter Ayliffe, CMI President and co-chair of the Commission, said: "We're faced with a ticking time bomb of myopic management in this country, with widespread under-investment in the next generation of leaders.
Sir Elton, 66, said: "I was a ticking time bomb. I guess I could have died at any time.
According to experts, childhood obesity builds a ticking time bomb of sickness in later life - and action to avert ill health should start before the kids attain school going age, the Daily Express reported.
Medical school professor Francesco Cappuccio said: "The trend for late nights and early mornings is actually a ticking time bomb for our health.
Warwick University's Francesco Cappuccio, who carried out the study of 470,000 people, said: "The trend for late nights and early mornings is actually a ticking time bomb for our health so you need to act now to reduce your risk of developing these l i fethreatening conditions." His colleague Dr Michelle Miller added: "Chronic shor t sleep produces hormones and chemicals in the body which increase the risk of developing heart disease and stroke."
WHAT IF THERE WAS A TICKING TIME BOMB IN NEW YORK CITY AND THE TERRORIST WHO KNOWS WHERE IT'S HIDDEN IS SITTING RIGHT HERE.
The study found a new case arises every seven seconds and experts say it is a ticking time bomb.
Paul Ball, employment lawyer and training specialist at Eversheds, said, 'Employers are sitting on a ticking time bomb if they don't consider the serious implications stress can have on their business now.'
God help us if Sellafield - a ticking time bomb - is targeted.
"Bullying is a ticking time bomb in our schools," said Fight Crime board chairman and Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske.