short fuse


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short fuse

[′shȯrt ′fyüz]
(engineering)
Any fuse that is cut too short.
The practice of firing a blast, the fuse on the primer of which is not sufficiently long to reach from the top of the charge to the collar of the borehole; the primer, with fuse attached, is dropped into the charge while burning.
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But tempers are on a short fuse and slowly as they hammer each other verbally, secrets begin to emerge as sk eletons rattle in old closets.
I think we all now know why Naomi has a reputation as being a long gal with a short fuse.
IF Gordon Brown shouts and throws things then that puts him on a level with Winston Churchill, who also had a short fuse.
The American sixth seed refused to blame his short fuse on the night for his downfall, his earliest exit from the competition since his debut in 2002.
There is no doubt that Lee has an extremely short fuse and after what happened it is imperative that he finds a way of dealing with it.
On the third day of a sexual discrimination hearing launched by Emma Driver against her brother David, witness Susan Docherty said Mr Driver, 43, had a short fuse.
The Villa skipper has clearly got a short fuse (by all accounts that's the only thing about him that's short) and Savage was the subject of a vicious headbutt from big Dion two weeks ago.
Mahe - the Hoops defender with the short fuse - has been booked in both of his last two Premier matches.
To say he has a short fuse would be an under-statement.
A big reason why Demontagnac was so sparingly used last term was his short fuse.
Manager Neil Warnock yesterday claimed Morgan had let him down in the past as his short fuse had led to sparks flying and four red cards in four seasons at Bramall Lane.