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Spark Off

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb spark off:


Definition of the verb spark off

What does spark off mean as a doing phrase?


  1. put in motion or move to act

Alternative definition of the verb spark off


  1. [transitive] To initiate something by providing the necessary conditions.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Spark Off

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Google previewCrossword Puzzle Dictionary (2015)

by Murali Mohan Hundigam

waist Sparing—scant, economic Sparing the life of—saving from death Spark off —activate, actuate Spark plug's work in an IC engine—ignition Sparking apparatus—exciter Sparkle—gleam, glitter, scintillate Sparkling—effervescent Sparkling ...

Google previewDictionary of Americanisms, Briticisms, Canadianisms and Australianisms (2010)

by V.S. Matyushenkov

spark/ strike spark off each other Br. react to each other in an exciting and effective way. spark guard Am. fire guard. sparking plug Br. obs. spark plug. sparkling water Am., Can. soda water. spark plug Am. col. person with a lot of ...

Google previewInstant encyclopaedia of geography (1993)

by Shatrughna Prasad Sinha

There must be the will and the ability to accumulate large amounts of capital to spark off and maintain development in the leading and the associated sectors. This presupposes some restriction in consumer spending, a condition which has ...

Google previewThe Mammoth Encyclopedia of Extraterrestrial Encounters (2012)

by Ronald Story

The owner had beentrying to attract youngsters by projecting a rotating xenon lamp culprit, the lightshow continued to spark off UFO reports in. onto the clouddeck. Despite the fact that a local UFO group had identified the “Beligian Triangle” as ...

Google previewCambridge Learner's Dictionary with CD-ROM (2007)

by Cambridge University Press

a small flash of light caused by electricity 3 IstartI a small idea or event which causes something bigger to start a spark of hope/ inspiration spark2 / spu:k/ ( also spark off) verb [T] to cause an argument, fight, etc to start happening ...

Google previewChambers Pocket Dictionary (1992)

v spark off (tr) to cause to begin; to stimulate or provoke. [OE spxrca] spark plug or sparking plug n an electrical device in a vehicle engine that produces a spark to ignite the air and petrol mixture. sparkle v (intr) 1 to give off sparks. 2 to shine ...

Google previewWorld Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre (2014)

Volume 1: Europe by Peter Nagy, Philippe Rouyer

The British disapproved of this cultural Situation, apprehensive lest Italian nationalistic ideas spark off Maltese fervour.

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