Definition of Touch off

1. Verb. Put in motion or move to act. "Actuate the circuits"




Definition of Touch off

1. Verb. (idiomatic) To start; to cause, especially used for unstable situations that may magnify if disturbed. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Touch Off

touch and go
touch base
touch bases
touch cell
touch cloth
touch corpuscle
touch down
touch football
touch hole
touch holes
touch labor
touch modality
touch move
touch of the tar brush
touch of the tarbrush
touch off (current term)
touch on
touch panel
touch perception
touch screen
touch screens
touch sensation
touch system
touch typing
touch up
touch wood
toucha
touchable
touchableness

Literary usage of Touch off

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1. Handbook of Athletic Games for Players, Instructors, and Spectators by Jessie Hubbell Bancroft, William Dean Pulvermacher (1916)
"The touch-off consists in a touching of the hand of each relay by the incoming ... A distance of 20 feet is allowed in which to accomplish this touch-off, ..."

2. Physical Health and Recreation for Girls: A Handbook for Girls and Volunteer by Mary Eliza Moxcey (1920)
"When the competing teams are arranged in this way the start shall be made at the usual signal by number 1 of each team, who shall run forward and touch off ..."

3. The Springfield Survey: Study of Social Conditions in an American City by Shelby Millard Harrison, Russell Sage Foundation Dept. of Surveys and Exhibits, Springfield Survey Committee (Springfield, Ill.) (1918)
"When this is done she shall call "A1l-Up" and running back touch off the girl standing first in the line. ALL-UP RELAY Should a club fall after a player has ..."

4. The American Journal of Psychology by Granville Stanley Hall, Edward Bradford Titchener (1920)
"... fundamental for our perception of length as given cutaneously; though sensory or imaginal elements of other kinds may touch-off or carry the meaning. ..."

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