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

Examples of short fuse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His wife is a spoiled millennial with a short fuse and unpredictable moods. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Wife can’t seem to separate twin brothers," 1 Feb. 2020 The series stars newcomer Maitreyi Ramakrishnan as Devi, an overachieving high school sophomore who has a short fuse that gets her into difficult situations. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "9 TV Shows, Movies, and Music Moments That Will Help You Pass the Time This Week," 26 Apr. 2020 His wife is a spoiled millennial with a short fuse and unpredictable moods. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Wife can’t seem to separate twin brothers," 1 Feb. 2020 Described as an overachieving high school sophomore who has a short fuse that gets her into difficult situations, Devi is driven, smart, and confident. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "Buckle up for steamy teen romance in first trailer for Mindy Kaling's comedy Never Have I Ever," 15 Apr. 2020 So long as there are fans on both sides with long memories and short fuses, the next flashpoint could be as close as the next hard foul. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "For better or worse, the Kentucky-Louisville basketball rivalry is growing more civilized," 28 Dec. 2019 His wife is a spoiled millennial with a short fuse and unpredictable moods. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Wife can’t seem to separate twin brothers," 1 Feb. 2020 His wife is a spoiled millennial with a short fuse and unpredictable moods. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Wife feels she comes in second to husband’s identical twin," 20 Jan. 2020 To be clear, this was a freshman quarterback buried on the depth chart mixing it up with a coach known for a short fuse. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "Mac Jones isn’t afraid to talk a little trash to Nick Saban," 19 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of short fuse

1958, in the meaning defined above

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“Short fuse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/short%20fuse. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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