1. variable noun
A flashpoint is the moment at which a conflict, especially a political conflict, suddenly gets worse and becomes violent.
⇒ The immediate flashpoint was Wednesday's big rally in the city centre.
⇒ There are still plenty of potential flashpoints in relations between the two countries.
2. countable noun
A flashpoint is a place which people think is dangerous because political trouble may start there and then spread to other towns or countries.
⇒ The more serious flashpoints are outside the capital.
⇒ It could become the next Balkan flashpoint.
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