short fuse

noun

Definition of short fuse 

: a tendency to get angry easily : a quick temper

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And then, of course, the short fuse aspect is just my personality. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "Alessia Cara talks 'reflective' new song 'Growing Pains,' announces next album," 15 June 2018 The Giants already have a short fuse with the immature Beckham. Peter King, SI.com, "On Draft QBs, Trade Rumors and a New Rule That Might Change Football Forever," 1 Apr. 2018 Coming off a night of no sleep after accidentally getting the boat’s propeller tangled with a buoy line, Anderson calls Keith with a short fuse. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "'Deadliest Catch' Season 14, Episode 3 recap: There's no trust among captains on the Bering Sea," 24 Apr. 2018 Everyone is on a short fuse, and David’s efforts to prep Cristofer and Clarence for their interviews the next day result in the sort of clashes that send people bolting into the snowy night to cool down. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: ‘Transfers’ and the Anguished Art of the College Interview," 23 Apr. 2018 That makes a lot of sense, said Ms. Maliar, the criminologist, who said the war and economic hardship had put a lot of people on a short fuse. Iuliia Mendel, New York Times, "Taken From Ukraine’s War Zone, Grenades Are Used in Crimes, Too," 24 Dec. 2017 While airline delays tend to spark short fuses, passengers seemed particularly magnanimous Monday morning. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "Thousands trying to get out of Atlanta after lights went out at Hartsfield airport," 18 Dec. 2017 Characters include a diva with a short fuse, an overemotional director and an anxious playwright. Myrna Petlicki, chicagotribune.com, "Citadel Theatre's season features new 'Scrooge,' old-school Broadway," 25 Sep. 2017 Now approaching middle age, the player complained of memory lapses and a short fuse—symptoms associated with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a neurodegenerative disease linked to repetitive brain trauma. Patrick Hruby, The Atlantic, "The Future of Detecting Brain Damage in Football," 21 Sep. 2017

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1958, in the meaning defined above

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