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short fuse

a quick temper:
A person with a short fuse has to be handled diplomatically.
Origin of short fuse
First recorded in 1965-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Grief touched the short fuse to his cigarette and threw the stick.

    A Son Of The Sun Jack London
  • Besides the alarm, theres a little surprise on a short fuse.

    The Knights of Arthur Frederik Pohl
  • 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.

    The Red One Jack London
  • 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 he had provided to the candle, and a slight spluttering began.

    The Black Tor George Manville Fenn
British Dictionary definitions for short fuse

short fuse

(informal) a quick temper
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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short fuse

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have a short fuse

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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