Definitions for tinderboxˈtɪn dərˌbɒks
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a box for holding tinder, usu. fitted with a flint and steel.
a person or thing that is highly volatile; any potential source of violence.
Origin of tinderbox:
a dangerous state of affairs; a situation that is a potential source of violence
"the Balkans are the tinderbox of Europe"
a box for holding tinder
A small container containing flint, steel, and tinder (dry, finely-divided fibrous matter), once used to help kindle a fire.
a place that is so dry and hot that there is danger of fire.
a potentially dangerous situation.
A tinderbox is a small container containing flint, firesteel, and tinder, used together to help kindle a fire. Tinderboxes fell out of general usage when matches were invented.
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