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Example sentences from the Web for touch off
Although the blood-spattered offices will be off-limits, staff have vowed to continue producing the magazine.
A passing off-duty school safety officer named Fred Lucas said that he had been told the man was a drug dealer.
The NOPD fired Knight in 1973 for stealing lumber from a construction site as an off-duty cop.
The off-year special election into which Duke threw himself drew little media notice at first.
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The Goliath wouldn't answer; the Dublin said the force was coming off, and we could not get into touch with the soldiers at all.
He made me think of an old time magician more than anything, and I felt that with a touch of his wand he could transform us all.
He thought they were now in touch with our troops at "X" but that they had been through some hard fighting to get there.
Thanks to Berthier's admirable system, Bonaparte was kept in touch with every part of his command.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison
Tausig possessed this repose in a technical way, and his touch was marvellous; but he never drew the tears to your eyes.
Idioms and Phrases with touch off
Cause to explode or fire; also, initiate, trigger. For example, The boys touched off a whole line of firecrackers, or These disclosures will touch off a public uproar. This idiom comes from early firearms, which were set off by putting a light to the touch-hole. Its figurative use dates from the late 1800s.
Depict very precisely, as in He touched off Teddy Roosevelt as well as it's ever been done. [Mid-1700s]