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synonyms for powder keg

  • time bomb
  • loose cannon
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If old Piegan Smith hadn't been sampling the contents of that keg so industriously he would never have made a break.
RAW GOLDBERTRAND W. SINCLAIR
The law went into operation in England imposing a tax on wearing hair powder.
THE EVERY DAY BOOK OF HISTORY AND CHRONOLOGYJOEL MUNSELL
The girl began to hum, as she powdered her nose with a white glove, lying in a powder box.
ROSEMARY IN SEARCH OF A FATHERC. N. WILLIAMSON
Steam machinery would accomplish more than nine-tenths of all the work, besides saving the expense of all the powder.
LIFE OF RICHARD TREVITHICK, VOLUME II (OF 2)FRANCIS TREVITHICK
When first seen it is said to have had a pasty consistency, but on exposure to the air it dried and crumbled into powder.
ASBESTOSROBERT H. JONES
The poorest people reduce it to powder by manual labour, in the same way as they grind corn preparatory to baking it into cakes.
LIFE OF RICHARD TREVITHICK, VOLUME II (OF 2)FRANCIS TREVITHICK
If it was applied to the best advantage, say on a piston, calling powder one thousand atmospheres, it would far exceed that duty.
LIFE OF RICHARD TREVITHICK, VOLUME II (OF 2)FRANCIS TREVITHICK
The gun was self-priming and self-cocking; the powder charge was enclosed in a copper case.
LIFE OF RICHARD TREVITHICK, VOLUME II (OF 2)FRANCIS TREVITHICK
The pale glow of light which came from that powder smudge on Carlson's lapel was no longer visible!
HOODED DETECTIVE, VOLUME III NO. 2, JANUARY, 1942VARIOUS
That face powder came from the cheek of a woman—some woman who pressed her cheek against Carlson's lapel.
HOODED DETECTIVE, VOLUME III NO. 2, JANUARY, 1942VARIOUS
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WORDS RELATED TO POWDER KEG

  • hot spot
  • powder keg
  • spot
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