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English definition of “an accident waiting to happen”

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an accident waiting to happen

a very dangerous situation in which an accident is very likely
Translations of “an accident waiting to happen”
in Chinese (Traditional) 容易發生事故的情形…
in Chinese (Simplified) 容易发生事故的情形…
(Definition of an accident waiting to happen from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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