Definition of time bomb in English:

time bomb


  • 1A bomb designed to explode at a preset time.

    • ‘Morri had even let her play with a defused time bomb.’
    • ‘Just inches of clay lay between a Carlow resident and a ticking time bomb unearthed in his back garden on Monday afternoon!’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘To use the classic example, one could claim that he had in custody a suspect believed to have planted a time bomb that, if not defused, would kill many innocents.’
    • ‘I'd have thought you smarter than to carry a programmed time bomb around with you, Captain.’
    • ‘A time bomb, packed with about 6.6lbs of explosive, went off among pilgrims as they took supper in an open area about 490 ft from the shrine.’
    1. 1.1A developing and problematic situation which will eventually become dangerous if not addressed.
      ‘the demographic time bomb’
      • ‘But for those with mental illness it is like a ticking time bomb.’
      • ‘No one seems to have noticed, but a demographic time bomb is ticking away.’
      • ‘The Dutch police were well aware of the problem before the game, but they failed to resolve the situation and so the time bomb kept ticking.’
      • ‘Even leaving aside the question of the refugees, there is a demographic time bomb ticking away.’
      • ‘Ruling elites, terrified by this ticking demographic time bomb, have two choices.’
      • ‘China will be rid of a dangerous time bomb in its backyard.’
      • ‘The unfortunate part with the leaky homes situation is that the time bomb is ticking.’
      • ‘Political parties and independents agree that the issue of Hong Kong's ageing population is a ticking time bomb that will require far greater attention from government.’
      • ‘Those five ambiguous words were a ticking time bomb.’
      • ‘The current level of entitlement is unsustainable regardless of how we try to fund it, it's only a question of which government will be left holding the ticking time bomb when the clock runs out.’
      • ‘Like most of the euro zone, France faces a demographic time bomb.’
      • ‘The growing sense of panic among Israelis over the demographic time bomb underscores the bitter divisions that are increasingly emerging in Israeli society.’
      • ‘‘The number of people who have fallen into extreme poverty here is a ticking time bomb,’ says Lacayo.’
      • ‘The situation is like a time bomb waiting to detonate.’
      • ‘I'm starting to feel like my house is nothing but a ticking time bomb waiting to plummet us into financial ruin.’
      • ‘They will grow for a decade or two yet, but then they will hit their demographic time bomb.’
      • ‘In short, the demographic time bomb facing the UK has finally hit home.’
      • ‘This is a ticking time bomb which can not be ignored.’
      • ‘An environmental time bomb was ticking in the Atlantic last night after the sinking of the stricken Prestige oil tanker 500 miles from Mizen Head.’
      • ‘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.’


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