- 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
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Examples from the Web for touchpaper
He then placed the touchpaper on an old cambric handkerchief.Travels in North America, From Modern Writers
If a roman candle is intended to be fired singly, twist a piece of touchpaper round the mouth.
After lighting the touchpaper, remove to a distance; as bits of string are likely to get driven into the face, on the explosion.
- paper soaked in saltpetre and used for firing gunpowder
- light the touchpaper or light the blue touchpaper to do something that will cause much anger or excitement
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