That changed this week, when the Chen story became a flashpoint in U.S.-China relations.
The Holy City, specifically the al-Aqsa compound, has been the flashpoint for the latest round of conflict.
One thing this new unrest shares with the Second Intifada, also known as the al-Aqsa Intifada, is the flashpoint.
Ryan will immediately become the flashpoint of this campaign.
But a disallowed third became the flashpoint of the game since no one could tell why the referee called it back.
His decision to close a public hospital in Harlem was a flashpoint.
Fundraising has been a flashpoint throughout the 2012 campaign.
In her largely risk-free, uncontroversial tenure at Foggy Bottom, Benghazi stands out as flashpoint.
But it has also become a flashpoint in the growing American debate over Internet privacy, free speech, and civil society.
Relations in the Middle East—especially between Israel and the Palestinians—are at a flashpoint.
|flash point |
The lowest temperature at which the vapor of a flammable liquid will ignite in air. The flash point is generally lower than the temperature needed for the liquid itself to ignite.
For a given flammable substance, the lowest temperature at which vapors passing from the substance into the air will catch fire spontaneously if a small flame is present.
The place or time when something ''takes fire,'' becomes exciting and exemplary: We want the White House to function as a flash point for whatever's great in this couintry
[1990s+; in the technical sense, ''lowest point of ignition of a fluid, compound, etc,'' the term is found by the 1870s]