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


Definition of the verb touch off

What does touch off mean as a doing phrase?


  1. put in motion or move to act

Alternative definition of the verb touch off


  1. [idiomatic] To start; to cause, especially used for unstable situations that may magnify if disturbed.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for touch off

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Google previewA Dictionary of English Synonymes and Synonymous Or Parallel Expressions Designed as a Practical Guide to Aptness and Variety of Phraseology (1891)

by Richard Soule

* sketch, mark out, touch off. 7. Handle, feel, feel of. 8. Handle, speak of, deal with, treat of slightly. 9.

Google previewDigestive Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs (2016)

by Isaac Livingstone Asamoah

Touch off: To cause a difficult situation or violent events to begin. E.g. It was these national rivalries that eventually touched off the First World War. 4699. Touch on/ upon: To mention a particular subject when talking or writing. E.g. The report ...

Google previewAn English-Dakota Dictionary (1902)

by John Poage Williamson

Touch off, iyayeya ; u'ta.

Google previewChambers School Dictionary

touch off to cause to happen* touch on to mention briefly* touch up to improve ( a drawing or photograph etc) by making details clearer etc E3 in touch with ( meaning 2) abreast of touch-and-go</d/<rrnr very uncertain: it's touch-and-go ...

Google previewHeinemann English Dictionary (2001)

by Martin Manser

to land, touch off to cause or start: The rumour touched off midespread panic . touch on to mention briefly. touch ...

Google previewThe Million Word Crossword Dictionary (2010)

by Stanley Newman, Daniel Stark

embark on, get going, initiate, set about, set forth, touch off 9 actualize, come forth, enter into, establish, eventuate, germinate, get to work, institute, introduce, originate, strike out, undertake 10 inaugurate, plunge into again: 5 renew 6 resume ...

Google previewThe Oxford Desk Dictionary and Thesaurus (2002)

by Elizabeth Jewell

touch off 1 explode by touching with a match, etc.

Google previewChambers Universal Learners' Dictionary

touch off vt sep to make (something ) ...

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Touch off probe

Attach the clip to the endmill and the set the plate on the work.

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Touch off Meaning

Video shows what touch off means. To start, to cause, especially used for unstable situations that may magnify if disturbed.. Touch off Meaning. How to ...

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