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time bomb Syllabification: time bomb
Pronunciation: /ˈtīm ˌbäm/

Definition of time bomb in English:


1A bomb designed to explode at a preset time.
Example sentences
  • Phil reappeared just below Leif as the time bomb exploded.
  • The time bomb exploded, the sound resonating in a disconcerting fashion off the interior walls.
  • What need for creating a fuse for a time bomb could Price possibly have while stuck in a POW camp?
1.1A process or procedure causing a problem that will eventually become dangerous if not addressed: an environmental time bomb
More example sentences
  • But where such treatment is painful or debilitating, many would have to gamble their current health and lifestyles against the risk that their time bomb would eventually go off.
  • China will be rid of a dangerous time bomb in its backyard.
  • The situation is like a time bomb waiting to detonate.
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