spark off


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus.

spark something off

 
1. Lit. to ignite something flammable or explosive. The lightning sparked afire off. The match sparked off a raging inferno.
2. Fig. to cause or start some violent or energetic activity. We were afraid there would be a riot and the speaker nearly sparked it off. The speaker sparked off quite a discussion.
See also: off, spark

spark off

v.
1. To ignite some fire: Forest rangers think that a cigarette sparked off the blaze. After the fire was extinguished, investigators tried to determine what sparked it off.
2. To set something in motion; trigger something: The assassination sparked off a revolution. Historians disagree about what sparked the riot off.
See also: off, spark
References in periodicals archive ?
A TINY Scots island has been selected to spark off a worldwide chain of beacons to mark the Queen's Jubilee.
People picking up free shares from the building societies this time round are set to spark off a spending boom in the high street with up to pounds 7billion being splashed out on goods and holidays.
And if Gazza, who battered his wife at the Gleneagles Hotel, gets another chance it will spark off more outrage among women's groups.
With Taft's Anthony Edwards and Oscar Bellfield in trouble for most of the game, Justin Hawkins provided a spark off the bench on both ends of the floor.
He said: "I am worried that something will spark off and light the fire again unless all sides work for peace.
If a problem were to occur in this chain, it would spark off a crisis similar in scale to a city-wide power outage, creating a domino effect affecting thousands of users, therefore it is imperative that our choice of router is the right one".
Pepperdine had several different double-digit leads in the first half due in part to the shooting of Tomas Prancilliauskas, who provided a spark off the bench, making three 3-pointers, the last of which extended the lead to 35-23 at 4:31.
DUNFERMLINE star Greg Shields last night rejected an offer to extend his contract and is set to spark off a transfer scramble.
Not only is the bank now superbly equipped to face its competitive future, but the successful implementation of Abraxsys will also spark off a domino effect in the region as other banks rush to follow suit.
Huff, a 6-foot-4 freshman guard, has emerged as impact player, providing a spark off the bench.
Greg O'Dowd has turned down the offer of a new contract from Coleraine and that is sure to spark off interest from National League Clubs.
Burnitz will fit into the middle of the Dodgers' batting order and provide a full-time replacement for Brian Jordan in left field, and Henderson will be a spark off the bench.
Crusaders midfielder Donal O'Brien has been placed on the transfer list and that is sure to spark off interest among National League clubs.
Manuel provided a spark off the bench for Quartz Hill a year ago but will be a featured scorer in the starting lineup this year.
The cash will spark off hundreds of building projects throughout the country which will employ jobless 18 to 25-year-olds.