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Tinderbox   /tˈɪndərbˌɑks/   Listen
Tinderbox

noun
1.
A dangerous state of affairs; a situation that is a potential source of violence.
2.
A box for holding tinder.






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"Tinderbox" Quotes from Famous Books



... bakers, half whose ovens must now be full of water. But most of the kitchens must be flooded, he reasoned, the fire-wood soaking, and the coal in some cellars inaccessible. The very lucifer-matches in many houses would be as useless as the tinderbox of a shipwrecked sailor. And if the rain were to cease at once the water would yet keep rising for many hours. He turned from the window, took his bath in homoeopathic preparation, and then ...
— Paul Faber, Surgeon • George MacDonald



Words linked to "Tinderbox" :   box, situation



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