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 fuse (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 Both Navarro and Arnold testified that Kelly had a short fuse with employees. Sonia Moghe, CNN, 29 Aug. 2021 The unexpectedly quick explosion, caused by a short fuse, pushed him backward, knocking him momentarily unconscious. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, 30 July 2021 In the Amazon Prime film, the British actress plays a woman with a short fuse who has to shock herself to deter her homicidal impulses. Hanna Flanagan, PEOPLE.com, 19 July 2021 But about 40 soda-can-sized items and 200 smaller items, each with a short fuse and unknown firepower, gave them pause. Los Angeles Times, 2 July 2021 The British actress, 47, plays a woman with a short fuse who has to shock herself to deter her homicidal impulses in the action comedy Jolt, which premieres next month on Amazon Prime. Glenn Garner, PEOPLE.com, 29 June 2021 Cassidy had a short fuse at times and a longtime grudge against his workplace, but the exact motive for the shooting was under investigation. Stefanie Dazio, Star Tribune, 2 June 2021 Acquaintances said 57-year-old Samuel Cassidy had a short fuse at times and a longtime grudge against his work, but the exact motive for the shooting remained under investigation. Fox News, 2 June 2021 Stabler is actually married — his wife, Kathy, a beleaguered but supportive high-school sweetheart — and comes to his job with old-school morals and white-knight moralism: defender of the weak with a notoriously short fuse. Carmen Maria Machado, Los Angeles Times, 8 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of short fuse

1958, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of short fuse was in 1958

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5 Sep 2021

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“Short fuse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/short%20fuse. Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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