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.
See also: keg, powder
References in classic literature ?
It was the treasure-box, sure enough, occupying a snug little cavern, along with an empty powder-keg, a couple of guns in leather cases, two or three pairs of old moccasins, a leather belt, and some other rubbish well soaked with the water-drip.
COPS are set to pull the plug on a bid to schedule a potential powder-keg Scottish Cup clash between Aberdeen and Rangers on a Saturday night.
Their powder-keg collision exploded when the players clashed physically and verbally in the 19th frame, O'Sullivan appearing to barge into Carter at one stage and calling him "Mr Angry".
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.
WHY should Scottish taxpayers have to fork out PS500,000 for the policing of the Celtic v Rangers match on Hogmanay, which is a powder-keg situation?
She said "migrants from rural areas, and workers from mining and construction sites, can now carry the virus into urban areas with powder-keg conditions: dense populations of non-immune people, heavy infestations with mosquitoes exquisitely adapted to urban life, and the flimsy infrastructures that make mosquito control nearly impossible."
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.
Though the lid was blown off the Church of Scientology long ago, Alex Gibney's powder-keg documentary "Going Clear" should certainly rattle the walls.
Following the outrage, this city was a powder-keg. Fearing large-scale disorder, the Prime Minister, with the backing of his Cabinet, ordered the Home Office to get someone in the frame quickly.
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.
D'Angelo, a massive force on the fret board, will be playing alongside blistering bassist Al Gallo and powder-keg drummer Dave Balcom under the guise of Deep 6.
With former Chelsea coach Mourinho, whose side have a slender 2-1 lead to protect, desperate to inflict a painful defeat on the men that sacked him back in September 2007, the second leg clash at Stamford Bridge looks a potential powder-keg.
Before the powder-keg match, Bellamy appeared to withdraw his hand from the pre-match handshake while Bridge blanked his former team mate totally.