trigger-happy


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trig·ger-hap·py

(trĭg′ər-hăp′ē)
adj. Slang
1. Having a tendency or desire to shoot a firearm before adequately identifying the target.
2. Inclined to react violently at the slightest provocation.

trigger-happy

adj
1. tending to resort to the use of firearms or violence irresponsibly
2. tending to act rashly or without due consideration

trig′ger-hap`py



adj.
1. ready to fire a gun at the least provocation, regardless of the situation or probable consequences.
2. reckless in advocating action that can result in war.
[1940–45]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.trigger-happy - irresponsible in the use of firearmstrigger-happy - irresponsible in the use of firearms
irresponsible - showing lack of care for consequences; "behaved like an irresponsible idiot"; "hasty and irresponsible action"
2.trigger-happy - marked by extreme intensity of emotions or convictionstrigger-happy - marked by extreme intensity of emotions or convictions; inclined to react violently; fervid; "fierce loyalty"; "in a tearing rage"; "vehement dislike"; "violent passions"
intense - possessing or displaying a distinctive feature to a heightened degree; "intense heat"; "intense anxiety"; "intense desire"; "intense emotion"; "the skunk's intense acrid odor"; "intense pain"; "enemy fire was intense"
Translations

trigger-happy

[ˈtrɪgəˌhæpɪ] ADJpronto a disparar, que dispara a la mínima

trigger-happy

[ˈtrɪgəˌhæpɪ] adj (fam) → dalla pistola facile
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