What kind of reaction is a "trigger reaction"? Is it a immediate and instant reaction?

The context is added:

The available space is too confined,rendering any such meeting of gazes ‘unbearable’, but somehow the weight of that which haunts the scene makes it all the more so. A trigger reaction to a prevalent sense of both unease and not-quiteknowing- what-to-think which to some extent determines the route you end up taking through the grid, and which is surely replicated over and over.

  • 1
    Context please. Where did you see this used, and can you provide a complete sentence or ideally paragraph? – Max Williams May 25 '16 at 10:32
  • @Max Williams the context is added. – user127733 Jun 16 '16 at 9:57
  • I would say it's what happens when the butterfly flaps it's wings. – Hot Licks Jun 16 '16 at 12:22

I have never heard of just a "trigger reaction" being used like this. I think you could be speaking of one of two things:

  • Hair-trigger reaction

1: immediately responsive to the slightest stimulus (a hair–trigger temper)

Source: Mirriam-Webster

  • To trigger (a reaction)

to cause someone to do or say something (The report has triggered a fierce response from the governor.)

Source: Macmillan


It refers to a prompt and often strong reaction to something said or done:

to trigger a reaction:

  • to cause someone to do or say something:
    • trigger a response/reaction: The report has triggered a fierce response from the governor.

(MacMillan Dictionary)

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.