an itchy trigger finger

an itchy trigger finger

1. An inclination or readiness to shoot a gun (especially at someone) without needing much or any provocation or justification. I wouldn't stay too long around here—there are a lot of people with itchy trigger fingers in this part of town.
2. By extension, an inclination, readiness, or tendency to act or react carelessly, rashly, or without due consideration. John's itchy trigger finger is going to get him into trouble with his boss someday. When you're working in a restaurant, it's important not to have an itchy trigger finger when customers come to you with complaints.
See also: finger, itchy, trigger
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The options in this charming sandbox adventure are limitless, whether you're an action gamer with an itchy trigger finger, a master builder, collector or explorer.
GRAHAM SALISBURY (Lancashire) A MAN with an itchy trigger finger just now, having dished out red cards in his last three assignments and chalked up four penalties in as many games.
But according to Brown, now would not be a good time for the Hull board to get an itchy trigger finger.
BIG RON Atkinson celebrated his 75th birthday by reminiscing about famous battles with Villa's Deadly Doug and said: "He'd have had an itchy trigger finger with Paul Lambert.
Given the success rate of drones used by another American organisation - the US Air Force - over Afghanistan and the PaKistan border regions, I wouldn't be too happy having anything delivered by machines that appear to go faulty far too often or have operators bacK at base with an itchy trigger finger.
Plus, you may get to relieve yourself of an itchy trigger finger.
But when it comes to the long-term health of a club, it isn't healthy to have a man at the top who constantly seems to have an itchy trigger finger when it comes to dealing with his managers.
Islamic Jihad, which has an itchy trigger finger, is starting to pay the price," Home Front Defence Minister Matan Vilnai told army radio as a days-old truce appeared to be unravelling.
He is joined on his crusade by his niece's boyfriend - a young sheriff with an itchy trigger finger - and a former warrior priestess, played by Nikita star Maggie Q, who possesses extraordinary fighting skills.
Liam Fox is a Tory Defence Secretary with an itchy trigger finger, Foreign Secretary William Hague frighteningly gung-ho.
With a "dodgy ticker" and an itchy trigger finger, Hartigan makes it his mission to go out with a bang ( literally ( by hunting down Roarke Jr (Stahl), the murderous senator's son who has kidnapped 11-year-old Nancy Callahan.
With a dodgy ticker and an itchy trigger finger, Hartigan makes it his mission to go out with a bang by hunting down Roarke Jr (Stahl), the murderous senator's son who has kidnapped 11-year-old Nancy Callahan.
It alienates leaders abroad and voters at home, both of whom see excessive posturing as a sign of an itchy trigger finger.
It wasn't an impromptu battle caused by a single commander with an itchy trigger finger - the sort of clash that might be expected to occur periodically along the dividing line in the sea that generally serves to keep the two nations' navies a safe distance apart.