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trigger

[ trig-er ]
/ ˈtrɪg ər /
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noun
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
to release a trigger.
to become active; activate.
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Idioms about trigger

    quick on the trigger, Informal. quick to act or respond; impetuous; alert.

Origin of trigger

First recorded in 1615–25; earlier tricker, from Dutch trekker, equivalent to trekk(en) “to pull” + -er -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for trigger

trigger
/ (ˈtrɪɡə) /

noun
a small projecting lever that activates the firing mechanism of a firearm
machinery a device that releases a spring-loaded mechanism or a similar arrangement
any event that sets a course of action in motion
verb (tr)
(usually foll by off) to give rise (to); set off
to fire or set in motion by or as by pulling a trigger

Derived forms of trigger

triggered, adjectivetriggerless, adjective

Word Origin for trigger

C17 tricker, from Dutch trekker, from trekken to pull; see trek
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