trigger-happy

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trigger-happy (comparative more trigger-happy, superlative most trigger-happy)

  1. (idiomatic) Having a tendency or desire to shoot a firearm irresponsibly before adequately identifying the target.
    The bystanders were indiscriminately gunned down by trigger-happy gang members.
  2. (idiomatic) Inclined to behave recklessly, especially with machinery.
    Be careful when you work near him; he's trigger-happy with that chain-saw.
  3. (idiomatic) Inclined to react excessively or violently at the slightest provocation.
    He was so trigger-happy that he wheeled and punched me when I brushed by him in the hall.

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