short fuse


short fuse
noun
: a tendency to get angry quickly : a quick temper

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a quick temper: A person with a short fuse has to be handled diplomatically.
[1965-70]

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short fuse noun (informal)
A quick temper
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Main Entry:short

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short fuse,
U.S. a quick temper: »

While Darwin the writer was the soul of serenity and balance, Darwin the golfer had one of the shortest fuses in history (New Yorker).


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • short fuse — a quick temper: A person with a short fuse has to be handled diplomatically. [1965 70] * * * …   Universalium

  • short fuse — noun informal a quick temper. Derivatives short fused adjective …   English new terms dictionary

  • short fuse — noun Date: 1958 a tendency to get angry easily ; a quick temper …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • short fuse — quick temper; tendency to become displeased or impatient easily …   English contemporary dictionary