Definition of trigger-happy in English:

trigger-happy

Syllabification: trig·ger-hap·py

adjective

Ready to react violently, especially by shooting, on the slightest provocation: territory controlled by trigger-happy bandits
More example sentences
  • Regan gasped, surprised, not expecting such a fierce attack from his cousin, though she was known to be violent and trigger-happy.
  • It exceeded the 4 x 6 inches allowed by the jail, so I was pleasantly surprised that it was not rejected by the trigger-happy mailroom.
  • Johnson saw the risk posed by trigger-happy reporters and presidents mistaking passion for facts while dispatching others to march in enemy crosshairs.

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