powder keg


powder keg

noun

: a small container that is used to hold gunpowder

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

Full Definition of POWDER KEG

1
:  a small usually metal cask for holding gunpowder or blasting powder
2
:  something liable to explode

Examples of POWDER KEG

  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>

First Known Use of POWDER KEG

1791

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