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trigger-happy

1. Eager to use a weapon, i.e. to pull the trigger (of a gun). I know you're trigger-happy, but quit shooting or you'll scare off all the animals!
2. Having a tendency to do something or engage in or begin some activity with even the smallest level of enticement or provocation. Whenever I'm editing, I always get a little trigger-happy with the delete key and end up having to add some things back later. Don't pass to Rick. He's trigger-happy and shoots ever time he gets the ball.

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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"During this operation I had to face trigger-happy, heavily-armed Pakistani forces, who just killed a media person who had tried to reach to them.
USA!" On Clinton, Trump said, "Her policies have produced only death, destruction and not diplomacy, She's trigger-happy. And now she's trying to say like she's this--let me tell you folks, personally, personally, I think she's an unstable person.
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Johannesburg: South African President Jacob Zuma hit out at "trigger-happy" police in an interview published on Saturday, following the deaths of at least nine people since January at the hands of police cracking down on protests.
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Following a trio of twentysomething female friends (including Kate Bosworth) whose camping trip to a remote island--unexpectedly inhabited by trigger-happy young war vets becomes a nightmare, the short pic overstays its welcome through inauthentic chick-flick banter and survivalist action so ineptly staged as to appear laughable.
YESTERDAY'S opener at Beverley was only a six-runner maiden auction but it produced no end of in-running carnage for some trigger-happy punters.
Los Angeles Times reporter Sandy Banks asked of readers on January 13, "Why do you love your gun?" The URL address for the article contained the following verbiage that illustrates the true intent behind the question, "Are guns evil or is it our trigger-happy culture?" (http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2010/01/are-guns-evil-or-is-it-our-trigger-happy-culture.html)
BARON "SCOOTER" PIKES, a 21-year-old Black man, was tasered to death by Scott Nugent, a trigger-happy, white police officer in Winnfield, Louisiana, in July.
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And, just by chance, trigger-happy cop Ana Lucia feels much the same way.
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