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touchpaper

(ˈtʌtʃˌpeɪpə)
n
1. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) paper soaked in saltpetre and used for firing gunpowder
2. light the touchpaper light the blue touchpaper to do something that will cause much anger or excitement
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touchpaper

[ˈtʌtʃpeɪpəʳ] Nmecha f
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FIREWORK Katy Perry tries to light the touchpaper with a smooch.
1914: Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austrian throne, was assassinated with his wife in the Bosnian town of Sarajevo by terrorist Gavrilo Princip, lighting the touchpaper to the First World War.
The club had just been taken over by Peter Johnson and a light-blue touchpaper had been lit.
1914: Archduke Franz Ferdinand (pictured), heir to the Austrian throne, was assassinated with his wife in the Bosnian town of Sarajevo by terrorist Gavrilo Princip, lighting the touchpaper to the First World War.
In the first episode, we meet former jockey Scott, who hopes to light the blue touchpaper with fireworks co-ordinator Natasha.
They recalled the murder in the city of the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne by Bosnian Serb Gavrilo Princip, which lit the touchpaper for a war that killed nine million soldiers.
Well hopefully this is the beginning of that as today I start to light the school library touchpaper.
The main man's entry lit the blue touchpaper for a varied set showcasing the breadth of the Ferry repertoire, from early Roxy to the solo Bride Stripped Bare period - a stirring version of Can't Let Go - and latter-day Dylanesque material, including Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues and Knocking on Heaven's Door.
We've lit the touchpaper, after that, all we can do is retire and hope they buzz.
Now the niceties of introduction are out of the way, if this is not your thing it is probably best - after lighting the touchpaper - to return to a safe distance.
One of the first to welcome her to the social networking site was Piers, who lit the true blue touchpaper when he wrote: "Welcome to Twitter.
THE action that precedes the first rest day of the Tour de France can sometimes be fairly tepid, leaving followers of the great race to yearn for the blue touchpaper to be lit.