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Definition of fuse noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a small wire or device inside a piece of electrical equipment that breaks and stops the current if the flow of electricity is too strong to change a fuse Check whether a fuse has blown.
  2. 2a long piece of string or paper which is lit to make a bomb or a firecracker explode
  3. 3(also fuze) a device that makes a bomb explode when it hits something or at a particular time He set the fuse for three minutes. The bombs inside were on a one-hour fuse.
  4. Idioms
    blow a fuse (informal)
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    to get very angry
    have/be on a short fuse
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    to have a tendency to get angry quickly and easily You may find your temper on a short fuse when confronting your teenager.
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