powder keg

1. a potentially explosive state
Hypernyms: ↑danger
2. keg (usually made of metal) for gunpowder or blasting powder
Hypernyms: ↑keg

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noun, pl ⋯ kegs [count]
1 : a small container that is used to hold gunpowder
2 : a place or situation that is likely to become dangerous or violent soon

Political instability has made the region a powder keg.

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ˈpowder keg [powder keg powder kegs] noun
a dangerous situation that may suddenly become very violent

We're sitting on a powder keg of racial tension in the city.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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