be on/have a short fuse

Definition of be on/have a short fuse


  1. :  to have a tendency to become angry very quickly The boss is known to have a short fuse.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  having little length

    :  not tall or high :  low

    :  not extended in time :  brief

  1. :  in a curt manner

    :  for or during a brief time

    :  at a disadvantage :  unawares

  1. :  the sum and substance :  upshot

    :  a short syllable

    :  a short sound or signal

  1. :  short-circuit

    :  shortchange, cheat

    :  to sell (a security) short in expectation of a fall in prices

  1. :  to reduce to a liquid or plastic state by heat

    :  to blend thoroughly by or as if by melting together :  combine

    :  to stitch by applying heat and pressure with or without the use of an adhesive

  1. :  an electrical safety device consisting of or including a wire or strip of fusible metal that melts and interrupts the circuit when the current exceeds a particular amperage

  1. :  a continuous train of a combustible substance enclosed in a cord or cable for setting off an explosive charge by transmitting fire to it

    :  a mechanical or electrical detonating device for setting off the bursting charge of a projectile, bomb, or torpedo

  1. :  to equip with a fuse

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a brief usually trivial fact

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