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light the (or a) fuse

Definition of light the or a fuse in English:

Do something that creates a tense or exciting situation: his goal midway through the first half lit the fuse
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  • The green saints improved on the re-start and Coadys goal lit the fuse as they slowly tugged away at the Ballinkillen lead and they had drawn level with ten minutes remaining with some great points from the roaming Declan Murphy.
  • His death lit the fuse on America's civil rights struggle.
  • They were just ordinary kids, with extraordinary luck of being in Philadelphia at the moment the old town lit the fuse for the rock explosion.
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