half-cocked(redirected from half-cockedly)
(Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) (of a firearm) at half-cock
(of a firearm) held in the position of half cock.Idioms:
go off half-cocked, to act or speak impulsively or thoughtlessly.
half-cocked- Comes from hunting; a gun at half cock is in the safety position—so it came to mean "incompletely prepared."
See also related terms for hunting.