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-cock

[haf-kok, hahf-]
verb (used with object)
to set the hammer of (a firearm) at half cock.

Origin:
1825–35

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half-cock
 
n
1.  on a single-action firearm, a halfway position in which the hammer can be set for safety; in this position the trigger is cocked by the hammer which cannot reach the primer to fire the weapon
2.  go off at half-cock, go off half-cocked
 a.  to fail as a result of inadequate preparation or premature starting
 b.  to act or function prematurely

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

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