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tinderbox

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Daily life
tinderboxtin‧der‧box /ˈtɪndəbɒks $ -dərbɑːks/ noun 🔊 🔊 1 [countable usually singular]PROBLEM a place or situation that is dangerous and where there could suddenly be a lot of fighting or problems 🔊 The area is a tinderbox that could again plunge the country into civil war.2 [countable]DBURN a box containing things needed to make a flame, used in the past
Examples from the Corpus
tinderboxThe refugee camps are a tinderbox waiting to catch fire.Others plan to leave the Southwest for northern states untouched by the drought that has left Arizona a tinderbox.They can go for years without rain there, and when that happens, the whole state turns into a tinderbox.At the top of the cellar steps Broadman knelt down and fumbled in his tinderbox.The Balkans have a long and tragically deserved reputation as a political tinderbox.
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