trigger happy

trigger-happy

[trig-er-hap-ee]
adjective Informal.
1.
ready to fire a gun at the least provocation, regardless of the situation or probable consequences: a trigger-happy hunter.
2.
heedless and foolhardy in matters of great importance and recklessly advocating action that can result in war: Some called him a trigger-happy candidate.
3.
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.

Origin:
1940–45

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trigger-happy
 
adj
1.  tending to resort to the use of firearms or violence irresponsibly
2.  tending to act rashly or without due consideration

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trigger-happy definition


  1. mod.
    eager to fire a gun; eager to shoot someone or something. : Rocko is sort of trigger-happy. Watch out.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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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]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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