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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

pull the trigger (on something)

To make a final decision or commit to a certain course of action (about something). Jeff's been hemming and hawing about which car to buy—I wish he would just pull the trigger already! If we don't pull the trigger on this deal then we might never get the chance again.
See also: pull, trigger


1. noun Something that causes one psychological distress, typically because it reminds them of a past trauma. The graphic descriptions in that article were a trigger for me.
2. verb To cause psychological distress in someone, typically by reminding them of a past trauma. This article might be triggering for child abuse survivors.

trigger warning

A statement at the beginning of an article or video advising that its content might be upsetting, especially for trauma survivors. At least that graphic article came with a trigger warning.
See also: trigger, warning

quick on the draw

1. Literally, very quick at drawing one's gun in readiness to shoot it. The gunfighter was so quick on the draw that he often shot his enemies before they reached their own gun.
2. By extension, understanding, anticipating, or reacting to a given situation or circumstance very quickly. You have to be quick on the draw if you want to get ahead in the world of business. Faced with criticism by environmentalists, the company's PR rep was quick on the draw and pointed out its important role in job creation for the local community. John is quick on the draw to defend himself when criticized.
See also: draw, on, quick


Eager to shoot a weapon. I know you're trigger-happy, but quit shooting your gun before you scare off all the animals!

quick on the trigger

 and quick on the draw 
1. Lit. quick to draw a gun and shoot. Some of the old cowboys were known to be quick on the trigger. Wyatt Earp was particularly quick on the draw.
2. Fig. quick to respond to anything. John gets the right answer before anyone else. He's really quick on the trigger. Sally will probably win the quiz game. She's really quick on the draw.
See also: on, quick, trigger

trigger someone off

to cause someone to become angry. (Fig. on trigger something off.) Your rude comments triggered her off. Your comments triggered off Bob's temper.
See also: off, trigger

trigger something off

to set something off, such as an explosion. We were afraid that the sparks from the engine would trigger an explosion off. The sparks triggered off an explosion.
See also: off, trigger

quick on the draw

Also, quick on the trigger. Rapid in acting or reacting, as in You have to be quick on the draw if you want to find low-rent housing here, or Bruce was quick on the trigger when it came to answering questions. The first expression came from the American West's gunslingers and was broadened to mean "a quick reaction" in the first half of the 1900s. The variant originated about 1800.
See also: draw, on, quick

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]
See also: happy, trigger

trigger happy

If someone is trigger happy, they are too willing to use a gun. The firing continued throughout the night, trigger happy soldiers making sleep impossible.
See also: happy, trigger


1. n. a hired gunman. (Underworld.) Get your triggers outa here—then we can talk.
2. tv. to start something; to set something off. The noise triggered an avalanche.


mod. eager to fire a gun; eager to shoot someone or something. Rocko is sort of trigger-happy. Watch out.
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As a third exception, a GRA triggering event does not occur on certain transfers of substantially all of the transferred corporation's assets.
If a cross-purchase agreement provides that continuing shareholders have a primary and unconditional obligation to buy shares on a triggering event, but the corporation instead purchases the stock under a secondary requirement in the buy-sell agreement, the purchase is treated as a constructive dividend to the continuing shareholders.
Pinpoint triggering enables users to quickly isolate, capture and analyze events of interest by using both A- and B-triggers mixed and qualified into almost any sequential logic combination.
Specifically, on the occurrence of a triggering event, the corporation has the primary obligation or option to purchase the departing shareholder's stock; the remaining shareholders have the secondary obligation or option to purchase that stock.
Agilent's 6000 Series scopes are the only portable scopes on the market that provide both CAN and LIN triggering and decode.
Therefore, both the transaction that gave rise to the deferred intercompany gain or loss and the triggering event must occur after July 11, 1995 for the current consolidated regulations to apply for most groups.
A master trigger from so many sources across clock domains is a very powerful mode of triggering that allows triggers from an IICE operation in one clock domain to trigger another IICE in another domain.
Beyond the double taxation problem, there was the potential under the former regulations of prematurely triggering intercompany stock gains by means of an intragroup merger or spin-off; see former Regs.
Lee Ellison, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Dilithium Networks, said, "Adding ISUP triggering is a direct response to our customers.
1, 1996, A sells 30 shares of his stock to C, triggering a second ownership change on that date (30 [divided by] 49 = 61%).
The AMBA Navigator provides unique off-chip trace and event triggering features which enable users to reduce the time required to debug and optimize the system while minimizing system gate resources and device pins.
Each supervisory rule has three components: A set of conditions for triggering the rule, a set of actions taken when the conditions for that rule are met, and a set of recipients to notify of the trigger conditions and the actions taken
Each Right will entitle the holder, upon the occurrence of a triggering event, to purchase the number of shares of Company common stock (the "Common Stock") having a then market value equal to two times the exercise price of the Rights ($20 per Right, subject to adjustment) upon payment of the exercise price.
Designed to identify prime candidates for pre-approved credit offers, the streamlined prescreen is now equipped to target consumer credit activity by identifying the number of days since a "triggering event" (a new consumer initiated credit activity), providing a unique speed-to-market triggering and processing solution.