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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A goodly-sized fixed blade, the Powder Keg checks in at 9.50 inches in overall length with roughly half of that in a comfortable handle sporting 2-tone tan and black handle scales and an inset Ruger medallion.
"Everyone will lose control of the situation once the powder keg explodes.
He said: "We are extremely concerned by the powder keg situation now in prisons."
According to news.com.au, Assad said that everyone will lose control of the situation once the powder keg explodes.
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.
This is just another ingredient of the powder keg. Without status, Palestine is denied rights to funding that would help it progress, something that would ultimately benefit the U.S., the West and the whole world.
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.
The powder keg Balkans needs the Albanians like a hole in the head.
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.
Ten years ago Chirac promised to sort out the actual problems, to diffuse the powder keg waiting to happen.
How to close gates of hell?: In killing Sheik Ahmed Yassin the Israelis have thrown a lighted torch into the powder keg that is the Middle East.
WILLIE YOUNG was last night tipped to keep a lid on the powder keg Tennent's Scottish Cup clash between Hearts and Celtic.
"We don't know what lit the match, but something caused the powder keg of marital conflict to blow," prosecutor Mr William Mason said in his opening statement.
In Yugoslavia, there was intense competition between Emir Kusturica's "Black Cat, White Cat" and Goran Paskaljevic's "The Powder Keg." Despite political unease with "The Powder Keg's" brutally honest depiction of Serbian life, the 15-member Yugoslavian committee eventually voted in its favor.