powder keg


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powder keg

[′pau̇d·ər ‚keg]
(engineering)
A small metal keg for black blasting powder.
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It's worthwhile to point out that the Iranian-Saudi conflict, which could be the fuse for that powder keg and its explosion, would constitute just the tip of the iceberg of the hell that awaits the area, and that thought alone should be sufficient to evoke reason, logic and engagement in as many ways as possible in order to overcome this threat.
Mr Lavery said: "The prison service is not only in crisis, but is a powder keg. Somebody must be held accountable because someone, somewhere will be seriously hurt in the prison service.
Ba'thist President Bashar al-Assad warns that Western military strikes risked igniting a "regional war" in the "powder keg" of the Middle East, in an interview with French newspaper Le Figaro.
"There will be repercussions, negative ones obviously, on French interests." "The Middle East is a powder keg and the fire is approaching," Assad said, according to extracts of the interview published on Monday.
I can't rework a photograph the mind pawns, forwards past this powder keg of Pentland storms.
Egypt has been a powder keg many times in the past five millennia, and it may have exploded again Friday, with the fuse lit by President Mohammed Morsi's apparent attempt to assume absolute power in the Land of the Pharoahs Thursday.Tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square to protest Morsi's trying to make himself accountable to nobody in the executive, judicial, or legislative branches of what is nominally a republic, (http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/58994/Egypt/Politics-/Thousands-fill-Tahrir-on-Friday-to-protest-Morsis-.aspx) Ahram Online reported.Similar demonstrations in Tahrir Square were keys to the successful Egyptian Revolution of 2011.
Syria is a powder keg on Israel's border, while Yemen continues to export terrorism and looks likely to fall under the influence of an Islamist extremist government.
Hizbullah has turned Lebanon from Switzerland of the Mideast to a "powder keg" of explosives, President Peres said a day after a work accident."
Natalija; life in the Balkan powder keg, 1880-1956.
Perhaps it's a symptom of the recent spats between the clubs - people are terrified of pouring petrol onto a powder keg - but can't we be just a bit more mature about this?
23 October--"Powder Keg" by Dejan Dukovski opened the Berlin Theater Festival.