One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the incident triggered an acrimonious debate’
precipitate, prompt, trigger off, set off, spark, spark off, touch off, stimulate, provoke, stir up, fan the flames of
cause, give rise to, lead to, set in motion, occasion, be the cause of, bring about, generate, engender, begin, start, initiate
2‘burglars triggered the alarm’
activate, set off, set going, trip
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