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trigger-happy

[trig-er-hap-ee] /ˈtrɪg ərˌhæp i/
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 of trigger-happy
1940-1945
1940-45
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  • At least, he was reasonably sure that none of Klem Zareff's trigger-happy mercenaries would shoot him down coming in.

    The Cosmic Computer Henry Beam Piper
  • The man in charge saw Gilgamesh on the alarm screens and got trigger-happy.

    The Lost Kafoozalum Pauline Ashwell
  • Suppose he broke surface right in front of a flock of trigger-happy Enforcers?

    The Best Made Plans Everett B. Cole
  • However, a couple of trigger-happy vedettes let off their carbines at them, yelled, "The Rebs are coming!"

    Rebel Raider H. Beam Piper
  • Uncle John provided our hunting excitement by turning out to be one of the trigger-happy types.

    Inside John Barth William W. Stuart
British Dictionary definitions for trigger-happy

trigger-happy

adjective (informal)
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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Slang definitions & phrases for trigger-happy
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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