I am one step away from stealing your things,
And two steps away from selling you out.

I am one step away from judging you,
And two steps away from killing you.

When you find out what I am,
You'll be very angry.

What am I?


I believe that you are


because you are

one step away from being a pirate (+p) who steals things
two steps away from being a rat (-ie) who ratted me out
one step away from a rate (-i) which could be good or bad
and two steps away from being nitrate (+nt) which is a deadly explosive

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    $\begingroup$ Correct! I had "IRA" for the last one (they're an Irish terrorist group) but I honestly think "nitrate" works better. Well done! $\endgroup$
    – F1Krazy
    Jan 29 '18 at 6:28
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    $\begingroup$ @F1Krazy It can be argued Nitrate itself isn't explosive, although a key element in many explosives (the 'enabler', provider of oxygen). Nitrate esters are explosive (and even those not always, they can for example be used in medicine). $\endgroup$
    – Mast
    Jan 29 '18 at 17:06

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