Touch-paper

Touch´-pa`per


n.1.Paper steeped in saltpeter, which burns slowly, and is used as a match for firing gunpowder, and the like.
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Wales scrum-half Rhys Webb lit the All Black touch-paper by claiming: "They are a world-class team, top of the rankings at the moment, but I think they are to be taken as well.
25 years ago OUTSPOKEN Teesside Tory MP Richard Holt lit the touch-paper for a political fireworks display when he described Labour councillors in Langbaurgh as "thick".
The Wales coach lit the blue touch-paper ahead of a potentially explosive Six Nations showdown by branding Hartley a choker and questioning his temperament on the biggest stage.
The Wales coach lit the blue touch-paper ahead of a potentially explosive RBS 6 Nations showdown by branding Hartley a choker and questioning his temperament on the biggest stage.
Wales coach Gatland lit the blue touch-paper ahead of a potentially explosive RBS 6 Nations showdown in Cardiff next Friday by branding Hartley a choker and questioning his temperament on the biggest stage.
But the touch-paper is already lit, and racing must take every opportunity now in the celebration of this great rivalry to market everything else to follow - Aintree, the Classics, the Derby, Royal Ascot.
HOLTE End hero John Carew has lit the claret and blue touch-paper ahead of tomorrow's top-four tussle by declaring Villa are better than Chelsea.
The West Lothian question and Barnett Formula have been around and been debated for decades - don't tell me it's only now that they've lit the separatist touch-paper.
And yesterday the Israeli lit the blue touch-paper for next week's Champions League Final as he went public on his darkest suspicions - and hinted United's title triumph would always be tainted.
Two years ago Charlton chairman Richard Murray lit the blue touch-paper when telling Palace opposite number Simon Jordan to enjoy the Championship, after Jon Fortune's goal condemned the Selhurst men to the drop.
Set in '60s Detroit, like the rest of America, calls for civil rights and equality are increasing in volume, threatening to light the touch-paper on social unrest.
All Blacks stars Anton Oliver and Aaron Mauger went out of their way to light the touch-paper for plenty of Twickers fireworks on Bonfire Day.