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time bomb

noun

Simple Definition of time bomb

  • : a bomb that is set to explode at a particular moment

  • : a person or situation that will probably become dangerous or harmful in the future

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of time bomb

  1. 1 :  a bomb so made as to explode at a predetermined time

  2. 2 :  something with a potentially dangerous or detrimental delayed reaction

Examples of time bomb in a sentence

  1. He's a time bomb getting ready to explode.

  2. If we don't do something about the pollution problem, we'll be sitting on a ticking time bomb.



1893

First Known Use of time bomb

1893


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