Tinder-box

tinderbox

[tin-der-boks]
noun
1.
a box for holding tinder, usually fitted with a flint and steel.
2.
a person or thing that is highly excitable, explosive, inflammable, etc.; a potential source of widespread violence: Berlin was the tinderbox of Europe.

Origin:
1520–30; tinder + box1

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tinderbox (ˈtɪndəˌbɒks)
 
n
1.  a box used formerly for holding tinder, esp one fitted with a flint and steel
2.  a person or thing that is particularly touchy or explosive

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