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
Political instability has made the region a powder keg.
the immigration bill has become a political powder keg for legislators on both sides of the aisle
First Known Use of powder keg
POWDER KEG Defined for English Language Learners
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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