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tinderbox

noun [C]     /ˈtɪn.də.bɒks/ US  /-dɚ.bɑːks/
a dangerous and uncontrolled situation in which violence is likely to happen : The racial tension in the area makes it a tinderbox ready to ignite .Social order and disorder
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