See also: flash point
flashpoint (plural flashpoints)
- The lowest temperature at which a liquid can form an ignitable mixture in air near the surface of the liquid.
- (figuratively) A hotspot; a dangerous place of violent political unrest
- A time and place when violence or conflict suddenly arises.
- 2017 March 14, Stuart James, “Leicester stun Sevilla to reach last eight after Kasper Schmeichel save”, in the Guardian:
- Chances came and went at both ends before the flashpoint involving Vardy and Nasri, who took an age to leave the pitch after Daniele Orsato, the Italian referee, brandished a red card.
- 2021 September 2, Phil McNulty, “Hungary 0-4 England”, in BBC:
- In a match which contained several flashpoints in the crowd, including loud jeering when England's players took the knee before kick-off, objects being thrown and racist chanting, they came through a mediocre first half to take total control after the break and run out easy winners.
lowest temperature at which a liquid can form an ignitable mixture — see flash point
figuratively; a hotspot — see flash point
- Joe Miller (24 January 2018), “Davos jargon: A crime against the English language?”, in BBC News, BBC