keg

(redirected from kegged)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.

keg party

A party at which the primary focus is the drinking of alcohol, especially beer served from a keg. Hey, Tommy and the boys are throwing a keg party on Saturday. You want to come? The frat got busted for giving booze to freshmen at one of their keg parties.
See also: keg, party

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.
See also: keg, powder

sitting on a powder keg

In 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 and more violent. I'm going to start looking for another job. With how lax they are at the mine, it just feels like we're sitting on a powder keg every day.
See also: keg, on, powder, sitting
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

sitting on a powder keg

Fig. in a risky or explosive situation; in a situation where something serious or dangerous may happen at any time. (A powder keg is a keg of gunpowder.) Things are very tense at work. The whole office is sitting on a powder keg. The fire at the oilfield seems to be under control for now, but all the workers there are sitting on a powder keg.
See also: keg, on, powder, sitting
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

sitting on a powder keg

In imminent danger, in an explosive situation, as in Our office is sitting on a powder keg while management decides whether or not to close us down . This metaphoric term alludes to sitting on a keg of gunpowder that could go off at any moment. [First half of 1900s]
See also: keg, on, powder, sitting
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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.
See also: keg, powder
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

keg

n. a beer belly. If you didn’t drink so much beer, you wouldn’t have such a keg.

keg party

n. a party where liquor, especially beer, is served. The keg party ended early owing to the arrival of uninvited nabs.
See also: keg, party
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

sitting on a powder keg

In imminent danger. This phrase that arose in the early 19th century (if not before) suggests being atop a barrel of gunpowder that could explode at any time.
See also: keg, on, powder, sitting
Endangered Phrases by Steven D. Price Copyright © 2011 by Steven D. Price
See also:
References in periodicals archive ?
But that's due to kegged wines being a relatively new trend, he says.
Once operators have located a source for kegged wines, they need to construct or purchase a system to dispense them.
"A big consideration is infrastructure," says David Gordon, founder of kegged wine provider Richer Pour.
Like boxed wine on store shelves, kegged wines in bars and restaurants can be a tough sell at first.
But operators have several compelling reasons for serving wine from a kegged system.
White wines do not show as many sensory differences, although kegged white wines are guaranteed to always be at a consistent temperature because the kegs are stored in refrigerators with temperature controls.
We have not found any noticeable changes in chemistry between kegged wines and bottled wines.