touch something off


touch something off
1 he touched off two of the bombs: DETONATE, set off, trigger, explode.
2 the plan touched off a major political storm: CAUSE, spark off, trigger (off), start, set in motion, ignite, stir up, provoke, give rise to, lead to, generate.
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cause something to ignite or explode by touching it with a match
cause something to happen, esp. suddenly

there was concern that the move could touch off a trade war

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ˌtouch sthˈoff derived
to make sth begin, especially a difficult or violent situation

The blaze was touched off by lightning.

Her comments touched off a wave of protests.

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  • set something off — 1 the bomb was set off: DETONATE, explode, blow up, touch off, trigger; ignite. 2 it set off a wave of protest: GIVE RISE TO, cause, lead to, set …   Useful english dictionary

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  • keep something off something — ˌkeep sb/sthˈoff | ˌkeep sb/sth ˈoff sb/sth derived to prevent sb/sth from coming near, touching, etc. sb/sth • They lit a fire to keep off wild animals. • Keep your hands off (= do not touch) me! Main entry: ↑keep …   Useful english dictionary

  • keep something off somebody — ˌkeep sb/sthˈoff | ˌkeep sb/sth ˈoff sb/sth derived to prevent sb/sth from coming near, touching, etc. sb/sth • They lit a fire to keep off wild animals. • Keep your hands off (= do not touch) me! Main entry: ↑keep …   Useful english dictionary

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