touch paper


noun

paper saturated with potassium nitrate to make it burn slowly, used for igniting explosives and fireworks.

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Origin of touch paper

First recorded in 1740–50
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British Dictionary definitions for touch paper

touchpaper
/ (ˈtʌtʃˌpeɪpə) /

noun

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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