Meaning of “flashpoint” in the English Dictionary

"flashpoint" in British English

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flashpointnoun

uk /ˈflæʃ.pɔɪnt/ us /ˈflæʃ.pɔɪnt/

flashpoint noun (VIOLENCE)

[ C ] a place or stage at which violence might be expected to begin:

Because of the army's presence, the city is seen to be the flashpoint of the area.

(Definition of “flashpoint” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)