time bomb


Definition of time bomb

1 : a bomb so made as to explode at a predetermined time
2 : 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Any major artist who dies intestate — without a will — is leaving their heirs with a ticking financial time bomb. Jem Aswad, Variety, 21 Apr. 2022 The Left is a ticking time bomb, and the Right shows little sympathy for those purged by the ivory tower. Aron Ravin, National Review, 3 Apr. 2022 Trump's growing recklessness is a ticking time bomb Ever since 1976, US presidents have designated the month of February as a time to recognize Black history. Richard Galant, CNN, 6 Feb. 2022 This is hands down the most dangerous political development in recent American history — a civic time bomb placed smack dab at the center of American democracy. Damon Linker, The Week, 14 Sep. 2021 Opening the Glasgow talks, Johnson did a bit about James Bond and a ticking time bomb. Françoise Mouly, The New Yorker, 8 Nov. 2021 The cost of this economic time bomb is currently estimated at roughly $1 trillion in gross domestic product. David Introcaso, STAT, 30 Dec. 2021 The kind of feints and foreshadowing required to produce a time bomb like Tom’s betrayal of Shiv is something only serial television can do; breaking any narrative into pieces offers viewers time to speculate but also forget. Los Angeles Times, 13 Dec. 2021 What began as a legislative formality has now become a ticking time bomb the GOP seems increasingly inclined to let go off. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 8 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of time bomb

1893, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Last Updated

10 May 2022

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“Time bomb.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/time%20bomb. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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