pull the trigger

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pull the trigger

  1. To fire a gun.
  2. (idiomatic) To commit to a course of action.
    • 2017 August 27, Brandon Nowalk, “Game Of Thrones slows down for the longest, and best, episode of the season (newbies)”, in The Onion AV Club[1]:
      Most surprisingly of all, the mad queen Cersei is challenged to execute both of her brothers at different moments, and she can’t bear to pull the trigger either time.
    • 2003, Marcel Link, High Probability Trading: Take the Steps to Become a Successful Trader, page 377
      Some traders are too afraid to pull the trigger and just watch the market without ever getting involved.
  3. (soccer, idiomatic, intransitive) To shoot, kick the ball in hope of scoring a goal.
    • 2010 December 28, Kevin Darlin, “West Brom 1 - 3 Blackburn”, in BBC[2]:
      The Baggies almost hit back instantly when Graham Dorrans broke from midfield and pulled the trigger from 15 yards but Paul Robinson did superbly to tip the Scot's drive around the post.

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