April 25, 2007

ticking bomb

Posted in Idioms at 1:55 pm by Feng

ticking bomb — a problematic situation that will eventually become dangerous if not addressed [dict]

On ‘Dante’s peak’, a long-sleeping volcano is about to erupt. Harry refers to the volcano as a “ticking bomb” and urges immidate evacuation. This is indeed a vivid phrase to describe some situation dangerous. Interestingly, while I was looking up this phrase on Internet, I came across the dilemma of “a ticking time bomb scenario“: Is torture justified in the war on terrorism? Talk to your friends, and it will be a though-provoking debate.

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