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touch paper

paper saturated with potassium nitrate to make it burn slowly, used for igniting explosives and fireworks.
Origin of touch paper
First recorded in 1740-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It was held there, for a minute, while the mate struck a light and applied it to the touch paper.

    For Name and Fame G. A. Henty
  • Light the touch paper; the fire will communicate to the side holes, and set it in rotation.

  • But little did they think that never again was the woman who so loved them to touch paper or pen.

    Two Royal Foes Eva Madden

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