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short fuse

a quick temper:
A person with a short fuse has to be handled diplomatically.
Origin of short fuse
1965-70 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for short fuse
  • You're known for having a short fuse, according to the article.
  • Treat, who has a short fuse, is always being misunderstood by the people he robs.
  • Congestion for a motorist is often the match that lights an already short fuse.
  • We've got a short fuse, so those of you who are interested in working on this, let me know at your earliest convenience.
  • The record is punctuated with the judge's impatience and short fuse in the proceeding below.
British Dictionary definitions for short fuse

short fuse

(informal) a quick temper
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Slang definitions & phrases for short fuse

short end of the stick

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get the shitty end of the stick

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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