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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This was unfortunately our third alternator failure this year, which is a ticking time bomb.
There's a ticking time bomb in the community and the issue of future provision for sufferers and carers is not being addressed," said Mr Billingham.
But before that I felt that something was stirring up, I felt it was a ticking time bomb to be honest.
It's a ticking time bomb due to conditions of gross overcrowding and understaffing whereby inmates are stacked like mice in tiny cells in a state of nearly 24-hour lockdown," said ACLU Legal Director Mark Rosenbaum.
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.
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.
The slide continued into April, when the stock fell to $13 a share, eliminating an additional $22 billion in shareholder value - a good illustration of the pain shareholders suffer when a ticking time bomb goes off.
It's a ticking time bomb,'' said Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.
I always felt that he was a ticking time bomb that was going to go off and that someone else was going to get hurt,'' said attorney Gloria Allred.