trigger-happy


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trigger-happy

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

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

trigger-happy

mod. eager to fire a gun; eager to shoot someone or something. Rocko is sort of trigger-happy. Watch out.
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WHEN NEW YORK CITY MAYOR Rudolph Giuliani was unable to detect a hint of imperfection among his trigger-happy police this year, he might have learned a lesson, as most mayors could, from Richard Joseph Daley.
You'll have to be quick on the draw to survive but don't get trigger-happy or you'll join Johnny Rock six feet under
Redfearn has verbally agreed a longterm deal to become head coach in succession to the sacked Darko Milanic and vice-president Edoardo Cellino says his trigger-happy dad will look after him.
Ma fam An a lan lo l ok Ma M x tr t ig mu mta t k wa w And he described a landscape that looked like a Mad Max movie, with trigger-happy, murderous gangs taking what they wanted.
There are a lot of trigger-happy people in the world and very little in the way of sanctuaries for our precious wildlife.
There are millions of racist American rednecks, uneducated, trigger-happy and all things loathsome.
THE Oakland kicker can thank his lucky stars he isn't employed by trigger-happy Dallas coach BIll Parcells.
Trigger-happy Mourneview bosses have fired nine managers in the 11 years, but Brown smiled: "I'm happy to take my chances.
But they will certainly be shaken by the fear that police are trigger-happy.
Most games in this style follow that plan faithfully but always tend to leave a little room for the impatient trigger-happy players to go in and light up some bad guys just for fun.
For sheer adrenalin rushes and jump-out-of-your-skin moments, trigger-happy console owners are going to be tumbling over each other to get hold of this game.
The point of this war is to free the Iraqi people from the hands of a trigger-happy dictator and to prevent our own mass destruction, so essentially war is to liberate the Iraqi people - contrary to beliefs about securing oil wells.
The film focuses squarely on the passionate, often dysfunctional love between the two trigger-happy male lovers in the gang--Angel, a Spanish immigrant with severe schizophrenia, and Nene, a middle-class jailbird.
Still, there is no denying the ugliness of a militia firing into a crowd, using as its rationale the traditional claim of trigger-happy police--that the crowd was "unruly" (as it undoubtedly was).
Some cat owners blame trigger-happy farmers for shooting the animals while others believe a wild beast is roaming the countryside.