powder keg

noun

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

First Known Use of powder keg

1791


POWDER KEG Defined for English Language Learners

powder keg

noun

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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