Definition of a short fuse in English:

a short fuse


  • A tendency to lose one's temper quickly.

    ‘watch your tongue—he's got a very short fuse’
    • ‘it seems everybody is on a short fuse nowadays’
    • ‘He now has a very short fuse so far as temper tantrums are concerned.’
    • ‘I was very violent; I had a really short fuse and, to be honest, I liked nothing better than a tear-up.’
    • ‘On the pitch, his impatience, short fuse and a propensity for thuggishness underpinned a crudely effective football career, and on screen they have reinforced Vinnie's string of glowering heavies.’
    • ‘I cut kids a lot of slack, because, whatever, they're 5 years old, but I have a very short fuse, at least internally, with people who should know better.’
    • ‘A situation where an old bloke, really a rather nice old bloke if it were not for his short fuse, is operated upon by all the things that can go wrong in modern life, and complains, loudly, but always comes out worse is bound to appeal to me.’
    • ‘I wouldn't say that I had a particularly short fuse, but when I tried reasonable explanation and it got unreasonably brushed aside, I used to find it difficult to control my frustration.’
    • ‘When she went into the witness box during the trial, despite repeated suggestions from the prosecution that she had lied, she showed no sign of the short fuse Luke told a psychiatrist he had inherited from his mother.’
    • ‘However, I have my weaknesses, and one of them is that I have a pretty short fuse when I think someone is questioning my limits.’
    • ‘The Conservative leader is formidable, a successful barrister with a good grasp of detail, albeit with a well-documented short fuse.’
    • ‘‘Yeah, I got a pretty short fuse,’ he admits, spreading his fingers on the table.’