WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
tin•der•box /ˈtɪndɚˌbɑks/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a box for holding tinder.
  2. a person or thing thought of as highly likely to explode, become violent, etc.:For years that region was a tinderbox.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
tin•der•box  (tindər boks′),USA pronunciation 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.
  • tinder + box1 1520–30


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

tinderbox /ˈtɪndəˌbɒks/ n
  1. a box used formerly for holding tinder, esp one fitted with a flint and steel
  2. a person or thing that is particularly touchy or explosive



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