Meaning of “touchpaper” in the English Dictionary

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"touchpaper" in British English

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touchpapernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈtʌtʃˌpeɪ.pər/ us /ˈtʌtʃˌpeɪ.pɚ/

a small piece of paper, usually at one end of a firework, that you light in order to start the firework burning:

The instructions on the fireworks said "Light the blue touchpaper, and stand clear."

(Definition of “touchpaper” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)