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time bomb

noun [C usually singular] (DIFFICULT SITUATION)   
a situation that is likely to become difficult to deal with or control: By ignoring the wishes of their employees, the managers are setting/creating a time bomb for themselves. The prison governors are sitting on a time bomb (= are having to deal with a bad situation that is likely to become difficult to deal with or control).Difficult situations and unpleasant experiencesAccidents and disasters
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