Definition of tinderbox
1a : a metal box for holding tinder and usually a flint and steel for striking a sparkb : a highly inflammable object or place
2 : a potentially explosive place or situation
Examples of tinderbox in a Sentence
That old house is really a tinderbox.
the city has been a tinderbox ever since racial profiling became an issue
Recent Examples of tinderbox from the Web
Consumer sentiment regarding cinema prices is akin to a tinderbox waiting for the spark to flare up.
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First Known Use of tinderbox
TINDERBOX Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tinderbox for English Language Learners
: a box that holds material that can be used to start a fire easily : a container for tinder
: a structure that would burn very quickly if it caught on fire
: a place or situation that could suddenly become very violent
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