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trigger finger

any finger, usually the forefinger, that presses the trigger of a gun.
either forefinger, depending on which hand is dominant.
Pathology. difficulty in straightening or bending a ring finger, caused by inflammation and thickening of its tendon.
Origin of trigger finger
1820-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The manner in which Moir had shot up the tin cup the morning before proved how alert and sure was his trigger-finger.

    The Snow-Burner Henry Oyen
  • The speaker smoothed the barrel of his rifle with mittened hand, which had, however, a trigger-finger free.

    Northern Lights Gilbert Parker
  • One little crooking of the trigger-finger and the lead had gone upon its errand.

    The Master of Appleby Francis Lynde
  • Suppose that the Carolina trigger-finger slipped, as Hunter had nonchalantly admitted might happen: what then?

  • But even as it did so Peter Champneys's trigger-finger moved.

    The Purple Heights Marie Conway Oemler
  • The brain, head, and eyes and trigger-finger must all work in harmony or you will never be a good shot.

    Outdoor Sports and Games Claude H. Miller
  • A peace might be welcomed by his people, but to him it threatened the paralyzing of his trigger-finger.

    The Code of the Mountains Charles Neville Buck
  • At the same time I'll warn ye not to put too heavy a strain on my generosity, which resides at the moment in my trigger-finger.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • Gripping his revolver hard, his trigger-finger steady, the corporal fired again, and another of his foes fell.

  • Ah, well—he rode away—and had it not been young Cardigan who stayed my trigger-finger—But let that pass, too.

    The Reckoning Robert W. Chambers

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