powder keg

noun
Updated on: 25 Apr 2018

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 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

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First Known Use of powder keg

1791

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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powder keg Synonyms

Synonyms

tinderbox;

Related Words

hot button, third rail;


POWDER KEG Defined for English Language Learners

powder keg

Definition of powder keg for English Language Learners

  • : a small container that is used to hold gunpowder

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



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