[ haf-kok, hahf- ]
/ ˈhæfˈkɒk, ˈhɑf- /
verb (used with object)
to set the hammer of (a firearm) at half cock.
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hasty, ill-considered, untimely, tenderfoot, green, rookie, half-baked, inopportune, precipitate, previous, half-cocked, overhasty, unskilled, dabbling, unaccomplished
Origin of half-cock
First recorded in 1825–35
[ haf-kokt, hahf- ]
/ ˈhæfˈkɒkt, ˈhɑf- /
(of a firearm) at the position of half cock.
lacking mature consideration or enough preparation; ill-considered or ill-prepared; half-baked.
Origin of half-cocked
First recorded in 1800–10
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
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
go off at half-cock or go off half-cocked
- to fail as a result of inadequate preparation or premature starting
- to act or function prematurely
(of a firearm) at half-cock
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