Grief touched the short fuse to his cigarette and threw the stick.
Besides the alarm, theres a little surprise on a short fuse.
I used only a third of a stick—you know, short fuse, with the end split so as to hold the head of a safety match.
Don't treat business as though it were a lighted fire-cracker with a short fuse.
The next moment Dan had held the end of the short fuse ...