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   , touchpaper  
If someone lights the touch paper or lights the blue touch paper, they do something which causes anger or excitement.  
light the (blue) touch paper             phrase   V inflects  
This kind of remark is guaranteed to light the blue touch paper with some Labour politicians.     
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
light          [1]     ( lights    plural & 3rd person present)   ( lighting    present participle)   ( lit    past tense & past participle)   ( lighted    past tense & past participle)   ( lighter    comparative)   ( lightest    superlative  )   (BRIGHTNESS OR ILLUMINATION)  
The form lit is the usual past tense and past participle, but the form lighted is also used., Please look at category 19 to see if the expression you are looking for is shown under another headword.     
1       n-uncount   Light is the brightness that lets you see things. Light comes from sources such as the sun, moon, lamps, and fire.  
also the N     (Antonym: darkness)    Cracks of light filtered through the shutters..., It was difficult to see in the dim light., ...ultraviolet light.     
2       n-count   A light    is something such as an electric lamp which produces light.      
The janitor comes round to turn the lights out..., ...street lights.     
3       n-plural   You can use lights to refer to a set of traffic lights.  
...the heavy city traffic with its endless delays at lights and crossings.     
4       verb   If a place or object is lit by something, it has light shining on it.  
It was dark and a giant moon lit the road so brightly you could see the landscape clearly...      V n  
The room was lit by only the one light...      V n  
The low sun lit the fortress walls with yellow light.      V n with n  
5       adj   If it is light   , the sun is providing light at the beginning or end of the day.   ,   (Antonym: dark)    It was still light when we arrived at Lalong Creek..., ...light summer evenings.     
6       adj   If a room or building is light   , it has a lot of natural light in it, for example because it has large windows.       (=bright)     (Antonym: dark)    It is a light room with tall windows...     
  lightness      n-uncount   usu with supp  
The dark green spare bedroom is in total contrast to the lightness of the large main bedroom.     
7       verb   If you light    something such as a cigarette or fire, or if it lights, it starts burning.      
Stephen hunched down to light a cigarette...      V n  
If the charcoal does fail to light, use a special liquid spray and light it with a long taper.      V  
...a lighted candle.      V-ed  
8       n-sing   If someone asks you for a light, they want a match or cigarette lighter so they can start smoking.  
Have you got a light anybody?     
9       n-count   If something is presented in a particular light   , it is presented so that you think about it in a particular way or so that it appears to be of a particular nature.      
with supp  
He has worked hard in recent months to portray New York in a better light.     
    bright lights  
    night light  
    pilot light  
    red light  
11    If something comes to light or is brought to light, it becomes obvious or is made known to a lot of people.  
come to light/bring sth to light      phrase   V inflects  
The truth is unlikely to be brought to light by the promised enquiry.     
12    If light dawnson you, you begin to understand something after a period of not being able to understand it.  
light dawns on sb      phrase   V inflects  
At last the light dawned. He was going to marry Phylis!     
13    If someone in authority gives you a green light, they give you permission to do something.  
give sb a green light      phrase   PHR after v, v-link PHR  
The food industry was given a green light to extend the use of these chemicals...     
14    If something is possible in the light of particular information, it is only possible because you have this information.  
in the light of sth      prep-phrase  
In the light of this information it is now possible to identify a number of key issues.     
15    If someone sees the light, they finally realize something or chang1 their attitude or way of behaving to a better one.  
see the light      phrase   V inflects  
I saw the light and ditched him.     
16    If you set light to something, you make it start burning.  
  (mainly BRIT)  
set light to sth      phrase   V inflects: PHR n  
They had poured fuel through the door of the flat and had then set light to it.     
in AM, use set fire to     
17    To shed light on, throw light on, or cast light on something means to make it easier to understand, because more information is known about it.  
shed light on sth/throw light on sth/cast light on sth      phrase   V inflects, PHR n   (=clarify)  
A new approach offers an answer, and may shed light on an even bigger question.     
18    When you talk about the light at the end of the tunnel, you are referring to the end of the difficult or unpleasant situation that you are in at the moment.  
light at the end of the tunnel      phrase  
All I can do is tell her to hold on, that there's light at the end of the tunnel.     
    all sweetness and light  
    sweetness   light up  
1       phrasal verb   If you light    something up or if it lights up, it becomes bright, usually when you shine light on it.      
...a keypad that lights up when you pick up the handset...      V P  
On September 5, at the end of the festival, a massive display of fireworks will light up the sky around Broadlands.      V P n (not pron), Also V n P  
2       phrasal verb   If your face or your eyes light up you suddenly look very surprised or happy.  
Sue's face lit up with surprise...      V P with n  
You should see his eyes light up when he talks about home.      V P  
3       phrasal verb   If you light up, you make a cigarette, cigar, or pipe start burning and you start smoking it.  
INFORMAL   He held a match while she lit up...      V P  
He took his time lighting up a cigarette.      V P n (not pron), Also V n P  

Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  




1    blaze, brightness, brilliance, effulgence, flash, glare, gleam, glint, glow, illumination, incandescence, lambency, luminescence, luminosity, lustre, phosphorescence, radiance, ray, refulgence, scintillation, shine, sparkle  
2    beacon, bulb, candle, flare, lamp, lantern, lighthouse, star, taper, torch, windowpane  
3    broad day, cockcrow, dawn, daybreak, daylight, daytime, morn     (poetic)   morning, sun, sunbeam, sunrise, sunshine  
4      (figurative)   angle, approach, aspect, attitude, context, interpretation, point of view, slant, vantage point, viewpoint  
5    awareness, comprehension, elucidation, explanation, illustration, information, insight, knowledge, understanding  
6    example, exemplar, guiding light, model, paragon, shining example  
7    flame, lighter, match  
8    bring to light      disclose, discover, expose, reveal, show, uncover, unearth, unveil  
9    come to light      appear, be disclosed, be discovered, be revealed, come out, transpire, turn up  
10    in (the) light of      bearing in mind, because of, considering, in view of, taking into account, with knowledge of  
11    shed or throw light on      clarify, clear up, elucidate, explain, simplify  
12    aglow, bright, brilliant, glowing, illuminated, luminous, lustrous, shining, sunny, well-lighted, well-lit  
13    bleached, blond, faded, fair, light-hued, light-toned, pale, pastel  
14    fire, ignite, inflame, kindle, set a match to, torch  
15    brighten, clarify, floodlight, flood with light, illuminate, illumine, irradiate, lighten, light up, put on, switch on, turn on  
16    animate, brighten, cheer, irradiate, lighten  
,       n   cloud, dark, darkness, dusk, mystery, obscurity, shade, shadow  
      adj   dark, deep, dim, dusky, gloomy  
      vb   cloud, darken, douse, dull, extinguish, put out, quench  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
make an obscene and offensive gesture at someone by closing one's fist and extending one's middle finger upwards, interpreted as"Sod off!"; [US] flip (sb) off / flip (sb) the bird
Ex.: he has an unfortunate tendency and somewhat dangerous habit of giving the finger to motorists who cut in front of him.
vintage light on police car, i.e. a single dome with rotating lights inside. Thus nicknamed because of it's resemblance with bubblegum machines.
[US];[Coll.] Syn. bubble gum machine, gumball machine.
shout (as a sign of discontentment or anger)
expression used to designate something that happens very rarely
state securities laws
lose contact
light snowfall during spring
brothers of the blue eye
A specific technical worksheet tool with performer's requirements. Excellent start of negotiations between performers, managers and contractors. (These requirements might include sound and light conditions for the show, food lodging and transportation of artistic talents)
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[Bus.] From the taxi company 'Uber', which pioneered this business model
(about a positive event/situation) happen out of the blue, without any effort from the impacted persons
In computer science, the File Allocation Table (FAT) is a file system popularized by Microsoft in the 1980's in their earliest computers. The FAT file system has continued to be developed and now comes in multiple varieties such as FAT12, FAT16, FAT32 and ExFAT.
[Tech.];[Comp.] Look at that floppy disk, see if it is formatted with the FAT file system.
scallion (synonym)
(metaphorically) die
small handbag without handles
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bitch (alternative term)
search for (food)
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(metaphorically) manipulation attempt
His speech was nothing but smoke and mirrors
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