time bomb

time bomb
time bombs
1) N-COUNT A time bomb is a bomb with a mechanism that causes it to explode at a particular time.
2) N-COUNT: oft adj N If you describe something as a time bomb, you mean that it is likely to have a serious effect on a person or situation at a later date, especially if you think it will cause a lot of damage.

This proposal is a political time bomb that could cost the government the next election...

Unemployment is building up into a social time bomb across the industrialised world.


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