trigger-finger love

Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An affection of the finger in which a movement of flexion or extension is arrested for a moment in one of the joints and then resumed with a jerk, sometimes accompanied with an audible snap.

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Examples

  • The correspondent's trigger-finger moved and there was a warning click.

    CHAPTER 19

  • Rye matures from an empathic teenager eager to help the world's poor into a college kid who helps to organize a Nairobi charity called Carolina for Kibera and eventually morphs into a Marine captain with an admittedly itchy trigger-finger.

    Greg Barrett: Marine's Memoir Commands Our Attention -- And Personal Investment

  • The ones in front of the trigger guard drive me nuts, though I've no clear reason on why, you'd think the smoother, one-direction trigger-finger motion woudl be easier.

    The Best (and Worst) Shotgun Safeties

  • Is it a trigger-finger response to the language of our culture?

    Archive 2008-03-01

  • Mind you, it's not something I've ever undertaken lightly, for all that I must have sent several score of the Queen's enemies to their last accounts in my time, to say nothing of various bad men and oddsbodies who've had the misfortune to cross me when my trigger-finger was jumpy.

    Watershed

  • For even as Moran brought his right hand to the stock of his rifle, and settled into his aim, my faltering trigger-finger got a fit of the shakes; my aim wavered, and I paused, sweating - and in that moment I learned that, old as I was, I was a better shikari than Moran would ever be.

    Watershed

  • The progressive left is having a tough time with Obama's seemingly trigger-finger readiness to drop what progressives most want in a health care, or stimulus package, or other legislative efforts in order to satisfy a Republican right that keeps spitting on the president's plans.

    Steve Clemons: Which Communities Are Still in High Sizzle Support Mode for Barack Obama?

  • Maybe we failed to account for the gravitational effect on your trigger-finger of all the 'dark' matter in the universe, or that butterfly flapping its wings in Tokyo.

    A Third Choice (ID Hypothesis)

  • From a local perspective, are Blackwater's trigger-finger mercenaries any different than Saddam's hit men?

    Adam Hanft: Blackwater's Lawless Behavior: A Great Way to Spread Democracy

  • The trigger-finger media misfired again last week when Bloomberg News, CNBC, Dow Jones and others blindly touted a press release -- which turned out to be an utter fraud -- about accounting problems at the fiber-optic firm Emulex, whose stock plummeted more than 50 percent in just 15 minutes.

    Hype Is Hip On Cnbc

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