written by Lilian Ndongmo. ESL Teacher
(TICKING) TIME BOMB
Meaning: A time bomb is a bomb which has been programmed to explode at a specific fixed time.
Something or a situation is a time bomb when it can be potentially dangerous or have harmful consequences in the future, if it is not addressed.
1. Doctors say that if you keep on eating unhealthy food and do not exercise regularly, you’re sure to be a ticking time bomb for life-threatening illnesses.
2. Joan is a time bomb. She bottles up a lot of pain and doesn’t talk to anyone. It’s only a matter of time before she explodes.
3. The ageing population is a ticking time bomb for our government. If they don’t do something about it now, I’m afraid we’ll have very serious social and economic problems a few years from now.