quick on trigger

trigger

[trig-er]
noun
1.
a small projecting tongue in a firearm that, when pressed by the finger, actuates the mechanism that discharges the weapon.
2.
a device, as a lever, the pulling or pressing of which releases a detent or spring.
3.
anything, as an act or event, that serves as a stimulus and initiates or precipitates a reaction or series of reactions.
4.
Slang. triggerman.
verb (used with object)
5.
to initiate or precipitate (a chain of events, scientific reaction, psychological process, etc.): Their small protest triggered a mass demonstration.
6.
to fire or explode (a gun, missile, etc.) by pulling a trigger or releasing a triggering device: He accidentally triggered his rifle.
verb (used without object)
7.
to release a trigger.
8.
to become active; activate.
Idioms
9.
quick on the trigger, Informal. quick to act or respond; impetuous; alert.

Origin:
1615–25; earlier tricker < Dutch trekker, equivalent to trekk(en) to pull + -er -er1

untriggered, adjective
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trigger (ˈtrɪɡə)
 
n
1.  a small projecting lever that activates the firing mechanism of a firearm
2.  machinery a device that releases a spring-loaded mechanism or a similar arrangement
3.  any event that sets a course of action in motion
 
vb
4.  (usually foll by off) to give rise (to); set off
5.  to fire or set in motion by or as by pulling a trigger
 
[C17 tricker, from Dutch trekker, from trekken to pull; see trek]
 
'triggered
 
adj
 
'triggerless
 
adj

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Word Origin & History

trigger
1660, earlier tricker (1621), from Du. trekker "trigger," from trekken "to pull" (see trek). Tricker was the usual form in Eng. until c.1750. The verb is first recorded 1930, from the noun. Trigger-happy is attested from 1943.
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Slang Dictionary

trigger definition


  1. n.
    a hired gunman. (Underworld.) : Get your triggers outa here—then we can talk.
  2. tv.
    to start something; to set something off. : The noise triggered an avalanche.
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