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      vb   activate, bring about, cause, elicit, generate, give rise to, produce, prompt, provoke, set in motion, set off, spark off, start  
   bar, block, hinder, impede, inhibit, obstruct, prevent, repress, stop  
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  ( triggers    plural & 3rd person present)   ( triggering    present participle)   ( triggered    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-count   The trigger of a gun is a small lever which you pull to fire it.  
A man pointed a gun at them and pulled the trigger.     
2       n-count   The trigger of a bomb is the device which causes it to explode.  
oft N n  
...trigger devices for nuclear weapons.     
3       verb   To trigger a bomb or system means to cause it to work.   (=activate)  
The thieves must have deliberately triggered the alarm and hidden inside the house...      V n  
4       verb   If something triggers an event or situation, it causes it to begin to happen or exist.  
...the incident which triggered the outbreak of the First World War...      V n  
      Trigger off means the same as trigger., phrasal verb  
It is still not clear what events triggered off the demonstrations.      V P n (not pron), Also V n P  
5       n-count   If something acts as a triggerfor another thing such as an illness, event, or situation, the first thing causes the second thing to begin to happen or exist.  
oft N for n  
Stress may act as a trigger for these illnesses.     

If you describe something as hair-trigger, you mean that it is likely to change very violently and suddenly.      adj   ADJ n  
His boozing, arrogance, and hair-trigger temper have often led him into ugly nightclub brawls..., A hair-trigger situation has been created which could lead to an outbreak of war at any time.     
trigger-happy      , trigger happy  
If you describe someone as trigger-happy, you disapprove of them because they are too ready and willing to use violence and weapons, especially guns.  
INFORMAL      adj  
Some of them are a bit trigger-happy<endash>they'll shoot at anything that moves.     

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trifler, tripper, tribe, trice

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