tinderbox

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noun tin·der·box \ˈtin-dər-ˌbäks\

Definition of tinderbox

  1. 1a :  a metal box for holding tinder and usually a flint and steel for striking a sparkb :  a highly inflammable object or place

  2. 2 :  a potentially explosive place or situation

Examples of tinderbox in a sentence

  1. That old house is really a tinderbox.

  2. <the city has been a tinderbox ever since racial profiling became an issue>

1530

First Known Use of tinderbox

1530


TINDERBOX Defined for English Language Learners

tinderbox

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noun tin·der·box \ˈtin-dər-ˌbäks\

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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