Definition of touchpaper in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈtʌtʃpeɪpə


1A strip of paper impregnated with nitre, for setting light to fireworks or explosive substances.
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  • They delight in allowing their children within close proximity of devices that will burn their faces off quicker than you can say 'light the blue touchpaper and stand well back'.
  • And he can light the blue touchpaper on a Roman Candle, but it may be impossible to tell whether the ensuing two second fizzing is the intended special effect or a product malfunction.
  • Light the blue touchpaper, and retire to a safe distance.
1.1Used in reference to an action that is likely to cause anger or controversy: it was an intervention by the umpire that lit the blue touchpaper
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  • He may not be around to light the blue touchpaper at future internationals, but fireworks lie ahead.
  • If we follow this route, I think we can both say, with considerable justification, that we have exhausted every conceivable avenue prior to lighting the litigation touchpaper.
  • Any proposed variation of a ban immediately ignites a toxic touchpaper.

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