This combustible brew of race, class, and economic anxieties bubbles all too closely to the surface.
But the Duke case, in 2006, offered a combustible mix of race and class that brought swarms of national reporters to Durham.
This means not offering provocative remarks on a combustible topic like immigration, which is sure to make them enemies.
1520s, from Middle French combustible, or directly from Late Latin combustibilis, from Latin combustus, past participle of combuere "to burn up, consume" (see combustion). Figurative sense is from 1640s; as a noun, from 1680s. Related: Combustibility (late 15c.).
combustible com·bus·ti·ble (kəm-bŭs'tə-bəl)
Capable of igniting and burning. n.
A substance that ignites and burns readily.