One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A particular circumstance or situation that causes an event to occur.‘the army's refusal to withdraw from the territory was the trigger point for military action’
- ‘This is up for debate, but one thing seems clear: the language used to describe the event is certainly a trigger point for controversy.’
- ‘The new rules will set a trigger point such that when more than 20 new members join a branch in one month it will prompt an investigation.’
- ‘The trigger point was an average loss of 10% by the 10 worst-performing shares among these 30.’
- ‘Initial efforts to identify trigger points and sustainable levels of engagement must continue.’
- ‘To that end, they have published trigger points for more than 100 Scottish exchanges that represent the numbers required to render enablement profitable.’
- ‘And this was always the area, I think, where they were going to come, again, because it is such a trigger point, the environment.’
- ‘You have a trigger point where you focus on the ball and it's usually just before it's delivered.’
- ‘One of the problems with the current hours is that people all tend to leave pubs at the same time and this can be a trigger point for fighting and unruly behaviour.’
- ‘What is your sense where the trigger point might be for this president?’
- ‘Pay attention to what kinds of issues, ideas and jokes are trigger points for disagreement.’
- ‘The Reserve Bank, at its discretion, would also resort to additional discretionary actions under each of the trigger points.’
- 1.1Physiology Medicine A sensitive area of the body, stimulation or irritation of which causes a specific effect in another part, especially a tender area in a muscle that causes generalized musculoskeletal pain when overstimulated.
- ‘The physician can demonstrate how gentle palpation of the pain trigger point can reproduce the pain and its radiation over a wide area of the abdomen.’
- ‘Such injections can be used to treat a tender trigger point in a surgical scar (a presumed neuroma).’
- ‘The second was that she worked on trigger points - something so complex that the book on treating those in the arms and upper body is a very large volume.’
- ‘Palpation of the trigger point will elicit pain directly over the affected area and/or cause radiation of pain toward a zone of reference and a local twitch response.’
- ‘If your pain is mostly in one particular spot, such as a joint or a trigger point in a specific muscle, your doctor may suggest injecting medication right into the site of your pain.’
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