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What form of midsummer madness lay ahead of him depended now upon the hairtrigger of impulse.

He left Leath Macha in an attitude of hairtrigger contemplation, apparently about to begin something at once.

WORD ORIGIN

1830, originally a secondary trigger in a firearm which sprung free a mechanism (hair) which, when set, allowed the main trigger (n.) to be released by very slight force. Figurative use by 1841.

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