One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Likely to lose one's temper.
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- ‘Everyone was ill-tempered and short-fused.’
- ‘Australian coach Eddie Jones wants his short-fused Wallabies to bottle their emotions before their crunch Tri-Nations rugby Test with New Zealand in Sydney this coming weekend.’
- ‘However, that didn't help as the giant was extremely short-fused at the moment.’
- ‘Gannon, fiery if not short-fused, is a true competitor who thrives because of his pin-point accuracy.’
- ‘His father, Albert Franklin Cohen, who died in 1987 and to whom the book is dedicated, was an Eagles fan, which usually means more fervent, cynical and short-fused than others, but no less dedicated.’
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