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hair trigger

[′her ‚trig·ər]
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The trigger of a firearm when it is delicately balanced so as to fire easily.
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To mollify Moscow, Clinton Administration officials have told the Russians that they don't need to fear a first strike by the United States because their weapons remain on hair-trigger alert.
The United skipper has even turned up in the Celtic end for Old Firm clashes and now he is facing the ultimate test of his notorious hair-trigger temperament.
whose threatening demeanor when aroused is backed by a hair-trigger readiness to strike.
The United skipper has even turned up in the Celtic end for Old Firm clashes in the past - and is now facing the ultimate test of his notorious hair-trigger temperament.
The United skipper has even turned up in the Celtic end for Old Firm clashes of the past - and now he is facing the ultimate test of his notorious hair-trigger temperament.
He's got hair-trigger anger that can take Willy from lucidity to near madness and back in quick outbursts.
Two thousand of these are mounted on intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) that are maintained on hair-trigger alert.
After being restrained by team-mate Trevor Sinclair from confrontation with the Oxfordshire official, Wright, who has admitted seeking counselling to curb his hair-trigger temper, stormed down the players' tunnel to kick open the door of the referee's room where he caused damage to personal property and also a television set owned by the club.
The playwright captures the exquisite longing that expresses itself in finding excuses to ditch the boyfriends, hang out at lesbian bars, and crawl into bed together as well as the hair-trigger paranoia about being seen wearing each other's clothing or being accused of vegetarianism.
This is a portrait of a community that lives on a hair-trigger, talking peace, yearning for an understanding between the warring tribes - yet so volatile that it can explode in a millisecond that brings all its violent history and sectarian hatred flooding back.
3m Ibrox idol win the constant battle with his hair-trigger temper to smash Scotland in Saturday's Euro crunch.
It's fixed," said O'Sullivan of the draw, although he might also have been talking about his hair-trigger temperament.