half-cock


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half-cock

n
1. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) 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
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.half-cock - confusion resulting from lack of preparation
confusedness, disarray, mental confusion, muddiness, confusion - a mental state characterized by a lack of clear and orderly thought and behavior; "a confusion of impressions"
Translations

half-cock

[ˈhɑːfˈkɒk] Nposición f de medio amartillado (de la escopeta)
to go off at half-cock [person] → hacer las cosas antes de tiempo; [plan] → irse al garete (por falta de preparación)
References in classic literature ?
Simply, loveliest and most benign of your sex, that once already, in answer to a demand of your hand, you deigned to reply with that energetic and encouraging monosyllable, yes--dear and categorical affirmative--" exclaimed Tom, going off again at half-cock, highly impressed with the notion that rhapsody, instead of music, was the food of love--"Yes, dear and categorical affirmative, with what ecstasy did not my drowsy ears drink in the melodious sounds--what extravagance of delight my throbbing heart echo its notes, on the wings of the unseen winds--in short, what considerable satisfaction your consent gave my pulsating mind
He was white-haired and amiable, with a deep-lined aquiline face, was addicted to low bows, and indeed, always seemed to carry himself at half-cock, as though just descending into one, or just recovering himself.
With the Champions League looming for Liverpool on Wednesday, we want to see the starting XI before deciding, but Southampton are buzz-kill kings, and if Klopp (below) turns up any sort of half-cock, the DRAW at 3/1 looks the value 1X2 play.
With the Champions League looming on Tuesday, we want to see the Liverpool starting XI before moving a muscle, but Southampton are buzz-kill kings, and if Klopp turns up any sort of half-cock, the DRAW at 3/1 looks the value 1X2 play.
Additionally, you have a half-cock hammer position, which to me is a great way to carry the gun in the woods--one in the chamber, hammer on half-cock.
To load the tubular magazine, you first place the hammer in the half-cock ("safe") position and then turn the knurled cap on the end of the magazine tube and pull the tube out until the loading port in the outer tube is open.
The TT33 firing pin will always reach the primer, and while this setup would seem to preclude safe hammer-down carry because there's no manual safety, Tokarev solved this problem by adding a positive half-cock to the action.
The hammer would be at half-cock with the empty case caught in the ejection port.
ALTHOUGH the launch of Labour's new policy on 'nondom' status went off half-cock, it has nevertheless put the issue four square into the public domain.
The hammer is put on half-cock, the loading gate is opened, and then the proper procedure is "Load one.
Stevie Carr played half-cock at Goodison Park during the week with a thigh problem.