powder keg


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a potentially explosive state

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keg (usually made of metal) for gunpowder or blasting powder

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Tehran [Iran], Dec 9 ( ANI ): Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Saturday chided the United States over its "unbelievable" sale of weapons to the Middle East, saying that it is turning the region into a "powder keg".
In the authors' hands, the themes and characters of Sleeping Beauties become powerful fictional case studies, holding the mirror up to our own powder keg of a society in unforgettable and often unnerving ways.
The Powder Keg is a "cross-over cutter"--one equally suited for both L field chores and tactical purposes.
France has grown frustrated over the absence of movement toward a two-state solution since the collapse of the last round of talks in April 2014, arguing that letting the status quo prevail is like "waiting for a powder keg to explode".
Western leaders must accept that their ancestors' desire to create empires must be looked at and the larger ethnic groups in these artificial states must accept they are sitting on a powder keg.
It's a fact that the region is sitting on a powder keg, with rhetoric and polarization having reached levels not seen since the 1950s.
ISLAMABAD -- The veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani Monday said that India considers Jammu and Kashmir as a colony of imperial era and is pursuing a dangerous policy of converting the entire territory into a powder keg.
Lebanon is undoubtedly sitting on a powder keg. Daesh only makes its moves (in the Middle East) in countries with a weak or no political system.
The Freedom of Information figures came as officers warned of overcrowding and "powder keg" jails.
THE prison service is "a powder keg" and it's only a matter of time before staff are seriously hurt, an MP has warned.
Last month, an officer at the jail described the prison as "a powder keg waiting to explode".
Kat "Powder Keg" McGinnis has opened 9Round Kickbox Fitness at 1839 Pioneer Parkway East, Springfield, in the Pioneer Plaza.
The civilian side [of the drone industry] is a powder keg waiting to explode, and we're just waiting for the FAA to light the fuse." Thu, Apr 10, 2014 AirGuideBusiness ISSN 1939-666X
God knows, it's just a powder keg, isn't it?" Plaid Cymru had joined Labour, the Green party and the SNP in signing a Commons motion - due to be debated today - calling on the UK Government to take part in a UNHCR refugee programme.
The days following the crime saw this city as a powder keg of possible major civil disorder.