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time bomb

noun [C usually singular] uk   us  

time bomb noun [C usually singular] (BOMB)

a bomb containing a device that makes it explode at a particular time

time bomb noun [C usually singular] (DIFFICULT SITUATION)

a situation that is likely to become difficult to deal with or control: By ignoring the wishes of their employees, the managers are setting/creating a time bomb for themselves. The prison governors are sitting on a time bomb (= are having to deal with a bad situation that is likely to become difficult to deal with or control).
Translations of “time bomb”
in Chinese (Traditional) 炸彈, 定時炸彈…
in Chinese (Simplified) 炸弹, 定时炸弹…
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