time bomb


: a bomb so made as to explode at a predetermined time
: something with a potentially dangerous or detrimental delayed reaction

Examples of time bomb in a Sentence

He's a time bomb getting ready to explode. If we don't do something about the pollution problem, we'll be sitting on a ticking time bomb.
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Word History

First Known Use

1893, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of time bomb was in 1893

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“Time bomb.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/time%20bomb. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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