touch off

verb

Definition of touch off

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to provoke or initiate with sudden intensity the verdict touched off local riotsb :  to cause to explode by or as if by touching with fire

  3. 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

circa 1765



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