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half-cocked

[ haf-kokt, hahf- ]
/ ˈhæfˈkɒkt, ˈhɑf- /
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adjective

(of a firearm) at the position of half cock.
lacking mature consideration or enough preparation; ill-considered or ill-prepared; half-baked.

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Idioms for half-cocked

    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 of half-cocked

First recorded in 1800–10
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British Dictionary definitions for half-cocked

half-cocked

adjective

(of a firearm) at half-cock
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