English version

a powder keg

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englisha powder kega powder kegSERIOUS SITUATIONa dangerous situation or place where violence or trouble could suddenly start Since the riot, the city has been a powder keg waiting to explode. powder
Examples from the Corpus
a powder kegIreland - home, as Joseph called it - had been a powder keg since the Easter Rising three years ago.The place was a powder keg.
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