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English definition of “touchpaper”

touchpaper

noun [C]     /ˈtʌtʃˌpeɪ.pər/ US  /-pɚ/
a small piece of paper on one end of a firework, which you light in order to start the firework burning: The instructions on the fireworks said "Light the blue touchpaper, and stand well clear."Fireworks
(Definition of touchpaper noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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