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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
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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)
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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.
I'm the one who half-cocks the revolver and checks the cylinder for loads.