trigger finger


noun

any finger, usually the forefinger, that presses the trigger of a gun.
either forefinger, depending on which hand is dominant.
Pathology. difficulty in straightening or bending a ring finger, caused by inflammation and thickening of its tendon.

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Origin of trigger finger

First recorded in 1820–30
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