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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

hair′ trig`ger(n.)

  1. a trigger that allows the firing mechanism of a firearm to be operated by very slight pressure.

    Category: Military

Origin of hair trigger:

1815–25

hair′-trig`ger(adj.)

  1. easily activated or set off; put into operation by the slightest impulse.

  2. reacting immediately to the slightest provocation:

    a hair-trigger temper.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of hair-trigger:

1885–90

Princeton's WordNet

  1. hair trigger(noun)

    a gun trigger that responds with little pressure

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