touch off

transitive verb

Definition of touch off

  1. 1 :  to describe or characterize with precision

  2. 2a :  to cause to explode by or as if by touching with fireb :  to provoke or initiate with sudden intensity <the verdict touched off local riots>

Examples of touch off in a sentence

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

Circa 1765

First Known Use of touch off

circa 1765


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