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half-cocked

[haf-kokt, hahf-] /ˈhæfˈkɒkt, ˈhɑf-/
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
1800-1810
1800-10
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British Dictionary definitions for go off half-cocked

half-cocked

adjective
1.
(of a firearm) at half-cock
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Slang definitions & phrases for go off half-cocked

go off half-cocked

verb phrase

To make a premature response, esp an angry one: Let's not go off half cocked/ But before I went off half-cocked, I had to check the alibis

[1833+; fr the accidental firing of a gun at half cock]


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Idioms and Phrases with go off half-cocked
see: go off , def. 1.
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