tinderbox


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tin·der·box

 (tĭn′dər-bŏks′)
n.
1. A metal box for holding tinder.
2. A potentially explosive place or situation: referred to the crowded prison as a tinderbox of suppressed violence.

tinderbox

(ˈtɪndəˌbɒks)
n
1. a box used formerly for holding tinder, esp one fitted with a flint and steel
2. a person or thing that is particularly touchy or explosive

tin•der•box

(ˈtɪn dərˌbɒks)

n.
1. a box for holding tinder, usu. fitted with a flint and steel.
2. a person or thing that is highly volatile; any potential source of violence.
[1520–30]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tinderbox - a dangerous state of affairs; a situation that is a potential source of violence; "the Balkans are the tinderbox of Europe"
situation - a complex or critical or unusual difficulty; "the dangerous situation developed suddenly"; "that's quite a situation"; "no human situation is simple"
2.tinderbox - a box for holding tinder
box - a (usually rectangular) container; may have a lid; "he rummaged through a box of spare parts"
Translations

tinderbox

[ˈtɪndəbɒks] Nyescas fpl (fig) → polvorín m

tinderbox

nZunderbüchse f; to be (like) a tinderboxwie Zunder brennen; (country etc) → ein Pulverfass sein
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