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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

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  • n. A barrel containing gunpowder.
  • n. An explosive or otherwise volatile situation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a potentially explosive state
  • n. keg (usually made of metal) for gunpowder or blasting powder

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  • My love is like a powder keg.
    My love is like a powder keg in the corner
    of an empty warehouse
    Somewhere just outside of town
    About to burn down

    ~The Mountain Goats

    February 13, 2007