touch paper

Origin of touch paper

First recorded in 1740–50
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British Dictionary definitions for touchpaper

touchpaper

noun
  1. paper soaked in saltpetre and used for firing gunpowder
  2. light the touchpaper or light the blue touchpaper to do something that will cause much anger or excitement
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