Meaning of “tinderbox” in the English Dictionary

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"tinderbox" in British English

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tinderboxnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈtɪn.də.bɒks/ us /ˈtɪn.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.

(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 sudden violence is likely:

The press seems to encourage violence in an area that is already a tinderbox.

(Definition of “tinderbox” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)