At half cock


Also found in: Idioms.
See under Half.
the position of the cock of a gun when retained by the first notch.
- Shak.

See also: Cock, Half

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I could have wished for a more organised presentation (taped music which went off at half cock - odd arrangements on the reading platform, and so on) but David Burke and Jessica Turner coped well enough.
The safety does not block the slide, and it may be engaged with the hammer cocked, uncocked, or even at half cock.