hair-trigger

[ hair-trig-er ]
/ ˈhɛərˌtrɪg ər /

adjective

easily activated or set off; reacting immediately to the slightest provocation or cause: a hair-trigger temper.

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Origin of hair-trigger

First recorded in 1885–90

Definition for hair-trigger (2 of 2)

hair trigger

noun

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

Origin of hair trigger

First recorded in 1815–25
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British Dictionary definitions for hair-trigger

hair trigger

noun

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