American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A small cask for holding gunpowder or other explosives.
- n. A potentially explosive situation or thing.
- n. a potentially explosive state
- n. keg (usually made of metal) for gunpowder or blasting powder
“No bound man seated on a powder keg ever watched the last few minutes of sputtering fuse with half the mesmerised fascination, the totally-exclusive concentration with which I stared at that hamster.”
““I have thrown the Turks into the powder keg and kindled war between Russia and Turkey,” Souchon wrote to his wife.”
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