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time bomb

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Weapons, Bombs & terrorism
time bombˈtime bomb noun [countable]  1 PMWSCBa bomb that is set to explode at a particular time2 PROBLEMa situation that is likely to become a very serious problem Cutting down the rainforest is an environmental time bomb.
Examples from the Corpus
time bombThe Senate version of the bill contained a time bomb, however.It is a time bomb waiting to explode.Her footsteps and the faint noise of her limbs striking one another as she walked sounded like the mechanism of a time bomb.With the rise in teenage HIV infection rates, we are sitting on a time bomb.Our baby is a bomb, too: a time bomb.Was it some psychic time bomb long ago planted on Ludlow Street?The man is clearly a walking time bomb.I felt like a walking time bomb, set to detonate in sixty minutes.
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