trigger off

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Verb1.trigger off - put in motion or move to acttrigger off - put in motion or move to act; "trigger a reaction"; "actuate the circuits"
initiate, pioneer - take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of; "This South African surgeon pioneered heart transplants"
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Some of the agents that can trigger off an 'asthma attack' are; allergens such as dust mites, pollen (from trees, grass, and weeds), mould, animal dander, or cockroaches, irritants such as tobacco smoke, chemicals, sprays, dust, or air pollution, respiratory illness such as a cold or flu, Physical activity, Cold air and Strong emotions or stress.
The cabinet asked mass media to fend off reporting anything that could trigger off tensions or divisions in the society, Minister of State for cabinet Affairs and Acting Minister of Information Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah said in a statement following the meeting.
Scientists have discovered that the bacteria trigger off a process which eventually ends with a person believing they have eaten enough.
The film tells a rather predictable story, with the sex tape factor coming into play merely as a tool to trigger off the chain of events that comprises the narrative.
Summing up the outcome of today's meeting, Karami disclosed Berri's intention to hold parliamentarian elections on time in a bid to trigger off what he termed as "the Lebanese democratic process.
One more caution will trigger off an immediate two-match suspension.
There is indisputable proof that fracking not only causes minor earth tremors but can trigger off a major earthquake in zones where they are likely.
When Chris persuades 10 other members of the Knapely WI to join her and Annie in the production of a calendar featuring them discreetly posing nude while engaged in everyday activities such as baking and knitting, they have no idea of the global media storm their charitable act will trigger off.
I am going there and I hope that we can trigger off major spate of two-way traffic between India and Iraq at the highest level," he said.
OF From January 4th any smokers puffing on their fags outside the doors of hospitals in North Wales will trigger off smoke alarms and loudspeaker warnings
For example, if you agree that the property is to be transferred into one of your names with that person taking over responsibility for the mortgage then you need to ensure that will not trigger off another repayment penalty.
But as for eating baked beans at breakfast time - they can trigger off a violent reaction in anybody who is not used to them," added the former Toulouse player.