Definition of tinderbox noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtɪndəbɒks//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɪndərbɑːks//
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  1. 1 a box containing dry material, used in the past for lighting a fire
  2. 2(formal) a situation that is likely to become dangerous It was clearly a tinderbox situation with demonstrators likely to become violent at any moment.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: tinderbox