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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
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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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