ready to fire a gun at the least provocation, regardless of the situation or probable consequences: a trigger-happy hunter.
heedless and foolhardy in matters of great importance and recklessly advocating action that can result in war: Some called him a trigger-happy candidate.
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.
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How to use trigger-happy in a sentence
Jace Lacob: While watching this, I kept thinking to myself that the grumpy, trigger-happy dad should be played by James Caan.Fall-Winter TV Preview: Snap Judgments of 2013–14’s New Shows | Jace Lacob, Kevin Fallon | July 16, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
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.Bloomberg’s Gun-Control Ad Is the Wrong Move for Obama | Adam Winkler | February 6, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Dale Peterson Gets trigger-happy Is it possible to take the Constitution too seriously?Rick Perry Pounces on Anita, Herman Cain’s Smoking Man, and More Crazy Campaign Ads (Video) | The Daily Beast Video | October 26, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
However, a couple of trigger-happy vedettes let off their carbines at them, yelled, "The Rebs are coming!"Rebel Raider | H. Beam Piper
Uncle John provided our hunting excitement by turning out to be one of the trigger-happy types.Inside John Barth | William W. Stuart
Suppose he broke surface right in front of a flock of trigger-happy Enforcers?The Best Made Plans | Everett B. Cole
At least, he was reasonably sure that none of Klem Zareff's trigger-happy mercenaries would shoot him down coming in.The Cosmic Computer | Henry Beam Piper
The man in charge saw Gilgamesh on the alarm screens and got trigger-happy.The Lost Kafoozalum | Pauline Ashwell
British Dictionary definitions for trigger-happy
tending to resort to the use of firearms or violence irresponsibly
tending to act rashly or without due consideration
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Other Idioms and Phrases with trigger-happy
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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