touch off

verb

Definition of touch off

transitive verb
1 a : to provoke or initiate with sudden intensity
  • the verdict touched off local riots
b : to cause to explode by or as if by touching with fire
2 : to describe or characterize with precision

Examples of touch off in a Sentence

  1. his obscene comment touched off a heated debate about the need for censorship on live broadcasts

First Known Use of touch off

1694



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