go off half-cocked

half-cocked

[haf-kokt, hahf-]
adjective
1.
(of a firearm) at the position of half cock.
2.
lacking mature consideration or enough preparation; ill-considered or ill-prepared; half-baked.
Idioms
3.
go off half-cocked, to act or happen prematurely: He went off half-cocked and told everyone the news. Also, go off at half cock.

Origin:
1800–10

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half-cocked
 
adj
(of a firearm) at half-cock

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go off half-cocked

see go off, def. 1.

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