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"tinderbox" in British English

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tinderboxnoun [C]

uk   /ˈtɪn.də.bɒks/  us   /-dɚ.bɑːks/
a ​dangerous and ​uncontrolledsituation in which ​violence is ​likely to ​happen: The ​racialtension in the ​area makes it a tinderbox ​ready to ​ignite.
(Definition of tinderbox from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"tinderbox" in American English

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tinderboxnoun [C]

 us   /ˈtɪn·dərˌbɑks/
a ​situation or ​place where ​suddenviolence is ​likely: The ​pressseems to ​encourageviolence in an ​area that is already a tinderbox.
(Definition of tinderbox from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “tinderbox”
in Chinese (Simplified) (可能发生暴乱的)危险局势…
in Chinese (Traditional) (可能發生暴亂的)危險局勢…
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