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trigger-happy

[ trig-er-hap-ee ]

adjective

, Informal.
  1. ready to fire a gun at the least provocation, regardless of the situation or probable consequences:

    a trigger-happy hunter.

  2. heedless and foolhardy in matters of great importance and recklessly advocating action that can result in war:

    Some called him a trigger-happy candidate.

  3. eager to point out the mistakes or shortcomings of others; aggressively or wantonly critical:

    He's a trigger-happy editor with a nervous blue pencil.



trigger-happy

adjective

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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of trigger-happy1

First recorded in 1940–45
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Idioms and Phrases

Inclined to act violently at the slightest provocation, as in They feared that the President was trigger happy and would send in troops at the drop of a hat . This expression alludes to being too eager to fire a gun. [c. 1940]
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Example Sentences

Jace Lacob: While watching this, I kept thinking to myself that the grumpy, trigger-happy dad should be played by James Caan.

What the gun owner claims as self-defense often looks, on closer examination, more like trigger-happy recklessness.

The more details emerge, the more it looks as if Martin was hunted and killed by a trigger-happy bully.

But any action would be crushed by trigger-happy Republicans—and could cost votes in November.

Dale Peterson Gets Trigger-Happy Is it possible to take the Constitution too seriously?

However, a couple of trigger-happy vedettes let off their carbines at them, yelled, "The Rebs are coming!"

Uncle John provided our hunting excitement by turning out to be one of the trigger-happy types.

Suppose he broke surface right in front of a flock of trigger-happy Enforcers?

At least, he was reasonably sure that none of Klem Zareff's trigger-happy mercenaries would shoot him down coming in.

The man in charge saw Gilgamesh on the alarm screens and got trigger-happy.

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Definitions and idiom definitions from Dictionary.com Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

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