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time bomb

noun
1.
a bomb constructed so as to explode at a certain time.
2.
a situation, condition, etc., resembling such a bomb in having disastrous consequences in the future.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95
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British Dictionary definitions for time-bomb

time bomb

noun
1.
a bomb containing a timing mechanism that determines the time at which it will detonate
2.
a situation which, if allowed to continue, will develop into a serious problem
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time bomb

A situation that threatens to have disastrous consequences at some future time, as in That departmental dispute is a time bomb just waiting to go off. This term alludes to an explosive device that is set to go off at a specific time. [ First half of 1900s ]
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