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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TRIGGERED

Joe Chessman took his heavy gun from its holster and triggered it twice.

The inner airlock door in the orbit-ship was triggered to a fuse.

Perhaps it was just the sound of the word in his head that triggered off the sudden panic.

The associations had triggered the wrong words into existence.

With you helping, we can isolate the thing that triggered you out of this.

Triggered to slam if a human being sticks a hand in there, eh?

He aimed to the windward of the intersecting lines and triggered the nozzle.

He snatched at one of the autolitters and triggered its tiny drive motor.

And they did not doubt that Kallee had, in some way, triggered the scales against them.

Rip pulled a tube from his belt, held it overhead, and triggered it.

WORD ORIGIN

1650s, earlier tricker (1620s), from Dutch trekker "trigger," from trekken "to pull" (see trek). Tricker was the usual form in English until c.1750. Trigger-happy is attested from 1943.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.