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trigger nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (firearm)grilletto nm
 The policeman had his finger on the trigger of the gun.
 Il poliziotto aveva il dito sul grilletto della pistola.
trigger vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (set in motion, provoke)scatenare vtr
  innescare vtr
  dare il via vi
 The assassination of the archduke triggered the war.
 L'assassinio dell'arciduca scatenò la guerra.
 
Additional Translations
trigger nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (mechanism control)innesco nm
  detonatore nm
 The terrorists used a mobile phone as the trigger for the bomb.
 I terroristi hanno usato un cellulare come innesco per la bomba.
trigger nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (provocation)causa scatenante nf
 The trigger for the war was the assassination of the archduke.
 La causa scatenante della guerra fu l'assassinio dell'arciduca.
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Principal Translations/Traduzioni principali
trigger [sth] v (prompt or cause [sth] to happen)scatenare, causare vtr
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Compound Forms/Forme composte
trigger | trigger sth |
hair trigger nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (pressure-sensitive gun trigger)  (armi da fuoco)grilletto sensibile nm
 Careful with that gun; it has a hair trigger and will go off at the slightest touch.
hair trigger adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." figurative (reacting quickly to small provocations)nervoso, permaloso, irascibile agg
 My new manager is making my life a living hell with his hair trigger temper.
 E' un tipo nervoso e permaloso, pronto a scattare per ogni minima cosa.
hair-trigger dal grilletto facile
trigger finger nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. figurative, informal (index finger)  (figurato: rimproverare, accusare)alzare il dito
 Whenever I hear some purist bad-mouthing American English, my trigger finger starts to itch!
trigger finger nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (finger that pulls trigger of a gun)dito indice nm
trigger guard nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (safety feature on a gun)  (armi da fuoco)sicura nf
trigger off vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." informal (prompt, provoke)scatenare, provocare, indurre vtr
trigger [sth] v (prompt or cause [sth] to happen)scatenare, causare vtr
trigger-happy colui che ha il grilletto facile
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