touch off

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To start; to cause, especially used for unstable situations that may magnify if disturbed

Be cautious talking about religion or politics, lest you touch off an argument.

If something touches off a situation or series of events, it causes it to start happening. Is the massacre likely to touch off a new round of violence? = spark off
put in motion or move to act; "trigger a reaction"; "actuate the circuits"
touch off

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    tʌç ôf


    /ˈtəʧ ˈôf/ /ˈtʌʧ ˈɔːf/


    [ 't&ch ] (verb.) 14th century. Middle English, from Old French tuchier, from Vulgar Latin toccare to knock, strike a bell, touch, probably of imitative origin.

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