trouble spot

noun
an area in which trouble exists or is expected to develop: There are several diplomatic trouble spots in Central America.
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trouble spot
 
n
a place of recurring trouble, esp of political unrest

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Example sentences
No more laundry list of all the government's activities, no more boring survey
  of every potential trouble spot in the world.
The cells usually are taken from bone marrow and injected or implanted in the
  trouble spot, such as a knee or shoulder.
Identify a personal spending trouble spot and shift to a cash-only policy.
The old swamp at the bottom of the property--what would become the twelfth
  green--was the main trouble spot.
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