trigger–happy

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adjective trig·ger–hap·py \-ˌha-pē\

Definition of trigger–happy

  1. 1 :  irresponsible in the use of firearms; especially :  inclined to shoot before clearly identifying the target

  2. 2a :  inclined to be irresponsible in matters that might precipitate warb :  aggressively belligerent in attitude

1943

First Known Use of trigger–happy

1943


TRIGGER–HAPPY Defined for English Language Learners

trigger–happy

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adjective trig·ger–hap·py \-ˌha-pē\

Definition of trigger–happy for English Language Learners

  • : eager to fire a gun


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