Meaning of “tinderbox” in the English Dictionary

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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)