go off half-cocked

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go off half-cocked definition


  1. in.
    to proceed without knowing all the facts. : The boss went off half-cocked and exploded into a rage about the mess.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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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.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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go off half-cocked

see go off, def. 1.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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