powder keg

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powder keg

n.
1. A small cask for holding gunpowder or other explosives.
2. A potentially explosive situation or thing.

powder keg

n
1. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) a small barrel used to hold gunpowder
2. informal a potential source or scene of violence, disaster, etc

pow′der keg`


n.
1. a small, metal, barrellike container for gunpowder or blasting powder.
2. a potentially dangerous situation.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.powder keg - a potentially explosive state
danger - a cause of pain or injury or loss; "he feared the dangers of traveling by air"
2.powder keg - keg (usually made of metal) for gunpowder or blasting powder
keg - small cask or barrel
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powder keg

n (fig) (area) → polveriera; (situation) → situazione f esplosiva
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