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Kirill Vorobyov
Posted: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 6:53:09 AM

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Hello!

This is from "Gone With The Wind" by Margaret Mitchell:

But Gerald was “loud-mouthed and bullheaded,” as his mother fondly phrased it, hair trigger of temper, quick with his fists and possessed of a chip on his shoulder so large as to be almost visible to the naked eye.
More from context than from anything else, I guess hair trigger of temper means he could easily be angered, i.e. even by a small trigger. Is this right?

Wilmar (USA)
Posted: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 7:49:50 AM

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Are you sure it didn't say "hair trigger temper"? And yes, it means very easily angered.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 7:50:06 AM

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Hair trigger is a gun tricker trimmed to function with very slight pressure. Hair trigger temper is used to describe a person who can become angry very easily.


In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.
Kirill Vorobyov
Posted: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 7:59:27 AM

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Thank you very much! I never knew "hair trigger".
Yes, she does say "of temper", at least in the version of the book that I am reading, I think this may be just a little old-fashioned way of putting it.
thar
Posted: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 10:55:05 AM

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it is the more poetic way of saying it. And, yes the more old-fashioned one.

Instead of saying what they have - a hot temper, a kind heart, stout limbs, a fair (beautiful) face, a hair-trigger temper

you say they are something 'of' the noun
they are fair of face, kind of heart, stout of limb. So I guess they are also hot of temper. It is a bit stranger to say 'hair trigger of temper' but it does seem to be following that pattern.
Kirill Vorobyov
Posted: Wednesday, November 01, 2017 5:38:01 AM

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Thank you, Thar!
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