flash point


flash point

noun

: a point, place, or situation in which sudden anger or violence could happen

Full Definition of FLASH POINT

1
:  the lowest temperature at which vapors above a volatile combustible substance ignite in air when exposed to flame
2
:  a point at which someone or something bursts suddenly into action or being
3
:  tinderbox 2

Examples of FLASH POINT

  1. The city became a flash point as political tensions grew.
  2. The situation reached a flash point when union leaders urged the workers to protest.

First Known Use of FLASH POINT

1878

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