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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb touch off:
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Definition of the verb touch off
What does touch off mean as a doing phrase?
- put in motion or move to act
- lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
- synonyms of touch off: activate / actuate / set off / spark / spark off / trigger / trigger off / trip
- more generic words: initiate / pioneer = take the lead or initiative in
- cause: come about / fall out / go on / hap / happen / occur / pass / pass off / take place
Alternative definition of the verb touch off
- [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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A 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.
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 ...
An English-Dakota Dictionary (1902)
by John Poage Williamson
— Touch off, iyayeya ; u'ta.
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 ...
Heinemann 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 ...
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 ...
by Elizabeth Jewell
touch off 1 explode by touching with a match, etc.
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
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