go 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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half-cocked definition


  1. mod.
    unprepared. (See also go off half-cocked.) : So he's half-cocked. So what?
  2. mod.
    alcohol intoxicated. : He just sat there, half-cocked and singing.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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