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trigger finger

noun
1.
any finger, usually the forefinger, that presses the trigger of a gun.
2.
either forefinger, depending on which hand is dominant.
3.
Pathology. difficulty in straightening or bending a ring finger, caused by inflammation and thickening of its tendon.
Origin of trigger finger
1820-1830
1820-30
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  • The lieutenant flicked his hand, and the trooper behind the Brenn gun sighted the weapon and tightened his trigger finger.

    Black Man's Burden Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • It was observable that the trigger finger of his right hand was missing.

    A Texas Ranger William MacLeod Raine
  • Three hundred and six Nazis dead by her trigger finger, or three thousand and six.

  • It destroys the sensitiveness of the hand, especially the trigger finger.

  • Jerking his arm up he brought his trigger finger back again.

  • Upon trial he found the trigger finger too numb for movement.

    The Red One Jack London
  • Its my trigger finger too, and thats a bad one to have hurt.

  • "If you scare me badly enough, I might get a cramp in my trigger finger," Bud confessed.

    Cow-Country B. M. Bower
  • His trigger finger was poised easily, the gun slung carelessly in the curve of his arm.

  • You'll know the man you want because he is shy his trigger finger and has a ragged scar across his right cheek.

    A Texas Ranger William MacLeod Raine
trigger finger in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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