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flash point

noun

Simple Definition of flash point

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of flash point

  1. 1 :  the lowest temperature at which vapors above a volatile combustible substance ignite in air when exposed to flame

  2. 2 :  a point at which someone or something bursts suddenly into action or being

  3. 3 :  tinderbox 2

Examples of flash point in a sentence

  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.



1878

First Known Use of flash point

1878


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