Synonyms for powder keg

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And he lowered the lantern until it rested on the very rim of the powder keg.

Stand back there or I'll drop a lighted match into a powder keg!

Without knowing, we are sitting on a powder keg in which the fuse may or may not be lighted.

I was afraid I had said good-bye when you were left with that powder keg.

She did not try to carry the powder keg, but she took the powder in a girl's way.

No one could tell how soon an explosion might bring disaster to the region; they put distance between them and the powder keg.

Billy rested his left hand on the head of a powder keg, which stood on end on the counter beside him.

A powder keg was somewhere near, he recollected, and he beat out one little jet of flame with his hand, that smarted fiercely.

"There goes the powder keg under the water gate," cried Tomaso.

She would have shuddered to see a man sit carelessly down upon a powder keg with a pipe in his mouth.

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