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powder keg

noun [C] uk   us  
a situation or a place that could easily become extremely dangerous: The build-up of forces in the region is creating a powder keg. The new tax is a political powder keg which could result in widespread violence.
Translations of “powder keg”
in Chinese (Traditional) 火藥桶, 一觸即發的局勢, 危險的地方…
in Chinese (Simplified) 火药桶, 一触即发的局势, 危险的地方…
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