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English definition of “touch sth off”

touch sth off

phrasal verb with touch     /tʌtʃ/ verb
to cause a violent or difficult series of events to suddenly begin: The plans for a new airport have touched off a storm of protest.Starting and beginningStarting again
(Definition of touch sth off from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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