powder keg Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"powder keg" in British English

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powder kegnoun [C]

uk   us  
a ​situation or a ​place that could ​easilybecomeextremelydangerous: The ​build-up of ​forces in the ​region is ​creating a ​powderkeg. The new ​tax is a politicalpowderkeg which could ​result in ​widespreadviolence.
(Definition of powder keg from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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powder kegnoun [C]

 us   /ˈpɑʊ·dər ˌkeɡ/
a ​situation that is ​dangerous and that could ​becomeviolent: Tension was high ​following the ​protest and several ​cityleaders called the ​innercity a powder keg.
(Definition of powder keg from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “powder keg”
in Chinese (Simplified) 火药桶, 一触即发的局势, 危险的地方…
in Chinese (Traditional) 火藥桶, 一觸即發的局勢, 危險的地方…
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