short fuse

noun

Definition of short fuse

: a tendency to get angry easily : a quick temper … was seen as the bad guy, the one whose short fuse was scary, destructive and uncontrollable.— Rick Telander

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Other Words from short fuse

short-fused \ ˈshȯrt-​ˌfyüzd How to pronounce short-fused (audio) \ adjective
… a fiery and short-fused 30-year-old driver as well known for tantrums and bad behavior as he is for being the best rookie in history … The New York Times

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Both of them known for their short fuses, the two quarreled almost from the beginning. Charlotte W. Craig, Detroit Free Press, "Lee Iacocca dies: Father of Mustang, rescuer of Chrysler was 94," 2 July 2019 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 Both of them known for their short fuses, the two quarreled almost from the beginning. Charlotte W. Craig, Detroit Free Press, "Lee Iacocca dies: Father of Mustang, rescuer of Chrysler was 94," 2 July 2019 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

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First Known Use of short fuse

1958, in the meaning defined above

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