hair trigger

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hair trigger

A gun trigger adjusted to respond to a very slight pressure.

hair trigger

1. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) a trigger of a firearm that responds to very slight pressure
2. informal
a. any mechanism, reaction, etc, set in operation by slight provocation
b. (as modifier): a hair-trigger temper.

hair′ trig`ger

a trigger that allows the firing mechanism of a firearm to be operated by very slight pressure.


1. easily activated or set off; put into operation by the slightest impulse.
2. reacting immediately to the slightest provocation: a hair-trigger temper.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: trigger - a gun trigger that responds with little pressure
gun trigger, trigger - lever that activates the firing mechanism of a gun
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When the world lives on a hair trigger the slightest pressure will set it off.
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He is aided, at first unknowingly, by a brilliant hacker, Lisbeth, an asocial punk with bisexual tendencies, a hair trigger temper and good reason for being predisposed to violence.
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Addressing Martina, Carlson said, "You are a gun, loaded, with a hair trigger under circumstances where you may perceive - where no other person would perceive - some sort of threat to your person or to your dignity.
This most significant blip in Goldenballs' learning curve fashioned his resolve to overcome that hair trigger juvenile temper and turn him into the footballing giant that ignored the cheat's belated hand of friendship prior to nervelessly blasting in Friday's penalty winner.
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