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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:



  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:


Princeton's WordNet

  1. hair trigger(noun)

    a gun trigger that responds with little pressure


  1. hair-trigger(Noun)

    a trigger that will set off a firearm when even a very small pressure is applied

  2. hair-trigger(Adjective)

    unstable, in a situation that could be worsened by the slightest mistake

  3. hair-trigger(Adjective)

    easily angered, having a short temper

  4. Origin: compound hair + trigger


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