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touch paper

noun
1.
paper saturated with potassium nitrate to make it burn slowly, used for igniting explosives and fireworks.
Origin of touch paper
1740-1750
1740-50
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touchpaper

/ˈtʌtʃˌpeɪpə/
noun
1.
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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