light the fuse






light the fuse

do something that creates a tense or exciting situation

The image here is of lighting a fuse attached to gunpowder and fireworks in order to cause an explosion.

A touchpaper, which is used in the same way as a fuse, is a twist of paper impregnated with saltpetre to make it burn slowly.

1998 - Times - The rejection of global capitalism may light a touchpaper in all those countries battered by the crisis.




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