Meaning of tinderbox

tin•der•box

Pronunciation: (tin'dur-boks"), [key]
— n.
  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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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