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powder keg

noun

Simple Definition of powder keg

  • : a small container that is used to hold gunpowder

  • : a place or situation that is likely to become dangerous or violent soon

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of powder keg

  1. 1 :  a small usually metal cask for holding gunpowder or blasting powder

  2. 2 :  something liable to explode

Examples of powder keg in a sentence

  1. Political instability has made the region a powder keg.

  2. <the immigration bill has become a political powder keg for legislators on both sides of the aisle>



1791

First Known Use of powder keg

1791

Rhymes with powder keg


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