time bomb Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"time bomb" in British English

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time bombnoun [C usually singular]

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time bomb noun [C usually singular] (BOMB)

a ​bombcontaining a ​device that makes it ​explode at a ​particulartime

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

a ​situation that is ​likely to ​becomedifficult to ​deal with or ​control: By ​ignoring the ​wishes of ​theiremployees, the ​managers are setting/​creating a ​timebomb for themselves. The ​prisongovernors are sitting on a ​timebomb (= are having to ​deal with a ​badsituation that is ​likely to ​becomedifficult to ​deal with or ​control).
(Definition of time bomb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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time bombnoun [C]

 us   /ˈtɑɪm ˌbɑm/
a bomb ​attached to a ​device that will make it ​explode at a ​particular time A time bomb is also a ​developingsituation that will ​causeseriousproblems in the ​future if it is not ​stopped: He has the ​kind of ​nastyattitude toward ​management that is a time bomb in any ​worksituation.
(Definition of time bomb from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “time bomb”
in Chinese (Simplified) 炸弹, 定时炸弹…
in Chinese (Traditional) 炸彈, 定時炸彈…
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