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>

1791

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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