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A specific thing that causes a mentally ill individual's brain to go into a state of hypervigilance. The thing that triggers them makes them feel unsafe and or threatened. Contrary to popular belief, this does not just occur in people with PTSD, though it is much more common in people with PTSD and a type of anxiety disorder.
"He made a couple of rape jokes and I think it triggered me..."
"Yelling is definitely a trigger of mine."
by funky scissors April 12, 2015
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A trigger is an experience that causes a person to recall a traumatic moment in their life. Often misused by assholes trying to belittle people's horrible experiences.
Tina: Hearing people talking about dogs hit by cars triggers me because I saw my dog die that way.
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Justin: Wow, you're mean.
Asshole Adam: oh, are you triggered??? lel
by poofless_af December 01, 2016
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A person, place, or thing that, due to the strong emotions or memories one associates with it, brings on a sudden, intense craving to use drugs, alcohol, sex, or to engage in other high risk behaviors in order to numb one's feelings. For an addict, this can easily lead to relapse
1. A breakup can easily trigger an addict to relapse.

2. "Man, I can't drive by my connect's house, because it's a huge trigger for me."
by WAVYGIRL March 11, 2019
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1. I've got my finger on your trigger
2. I'm an incurable trigger frigger
by Rabbi Rabbit June 10, 2005
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nickname of Willie Nelson's Martin N-20 Classical guitar, In 1969, Nelson purchased the guitar unseen for $750 in Nashville fom "Shot" Jackson and named it after Roy Rogers' horse "Trigger". The next year Nelson rescued the guitar from his burning ranch & moved back to Texas
For more than 40 years Willie Nelson has been playing a Martin N-20 nylon-string acoustic guitar he named Trigger.
by biogeorge December 02, 2012
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In the criminal lexicon "trigger" used to describe a hot-tempered person, fast for killing (without thoughts about consequences). Hi-ranked criminal leaders often call thier enforsers with a word "trigger". In this case "tigger" is the synonym for "soldier" or "killer".
"Man he's gonna kill you. His a damn trigger!!!"
"Sforcsa has sent his triggers to deal with the rivals"
by GhostShade January 22, 2008
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