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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Everybody will lose control of the situation when the powder keg blows." Senior members of France's ruling party rebuffed opposition calls for a parliamentary vote on whether to take military action against Syria, saying on Monday lawmakers should respect the president's constitutional right to decide on attacks.
SPIELZEIT'EUROPA: The theatre program of the Berliner Festspiele sparked to life last month with The Powder Keg, a look at Balkan violence written in the 1990s by Macedonian playwright Dejan Dukovski, in a new staging by Dimiter Gotscheff.
At a time when the debate over Syria and its regime is growing throughout Europe and America, Rubin's well-sourced study looks at the critical issues that have made this country the powder keg of the Middle East and offers an insightful analysis of the effects of recent developments.
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The commander in charge of six Red Caps who were killed by an Iraqi mob today denied claims that the men were sent into a volatile "powder keg."
Anywhere there is 60 percent unemployment, there is a powder keg, and no one should be surprised when it explodes.
Prison officers fear they are sitting on a powder keg of suspicion after stepping up their action in a meal breaks dispute.
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She soon finds herself into the middle of a dangerous dysfunctional family powder keg that she could end up being the igniting factor.
Mr Keys, 52, said: ``The town of Al Majar was in fact a powder keg waiting to explode.
The Football Association have confirmed there will be no charges brought over the tunnel fracas prior to last night's powder keg Premiership clash between Arsenal and Manchester United.
With its skyrocketing birth rates, falling per capita income, high rates of unemployed malcontents, and its wacky Wahhabi ideology (a strict Wahhabi believes the world is flat), Saudi Arabia is a powder keg waiting to detonate.
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The Middle East, a powder keg for generations, seems, as of this writing, to be into a downward spiral that will maintain this volatility for yet another generation.