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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.
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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.
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Islamabad, July 28 (ANI): A day after the Pakistan Navy expressed concern over India announcing the launch of its first indigenously built nuclear submarine - the INS Arihant saying it could trigger off an arms race in South Asia, the Pakistan Foreign Office has said that such a step would destabilise the region and would have a detrimental effect on regional peace.
Shampoos, hair dyes and even hair products such as mousses and gels can trigger off problems.
She predicted it would only trigger off a fresh round of competition from other Moseley pubs to increase their licensing hours.
If it's strong enough to trigger off something like that, then it must have a lot of energy to it.
A sheriff told the three women and two men that their behaviour ruined the concentration of golfers and had the potential to trigger off serious public disorder.
Things that can trigger off allergy and itches can be sensitivity to soap, shower gels, washing powder and even certain materials such as nylon.
We believe that the World Cup, with all the drinking and tension surrounding it, could trigger off bouts of violence.
Now de Boer could be ready to trigger off a transfer tug-of-war by demanding a move to England.
The investigation is into allegations that the council's 18,000-strong Unison branch - the largest in the country - has been improperly wasting money, some of its militant officials have been bullying and intimidating members and that it has been infiltrated by the Socialist Workers Party to trigger off confrontation with the Labour-run council.
ULTRASONIC sensors in the pillars which trigger off the alarm when something moves inside the car.
Often traumatic incidents are put to the back of your mind, but something may trigger off a reaction, sometimes many years later.
It is essential that these murders should not trigger off a spiral of reprisals.
He said he read the label on the Silvikrin shampoo before he sprayed the door handle to check there were no ingredients that would trigger off a possible fatal shock.
After the American military discovered that a collision between one of their submarines and the Soviet K219 could trigger off a series of nukes which were aimed at USA cities, the man from the White House had to be informed.