go off at half-cock


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Verb1.go off at half-cock - act prematurely or without reflection or too soon; "she wanted to quit her job but her mother told her not to go off half-cocked"
act, move - perform an action, or work out or perform (an action); "think before you act"; "We must move quickly"; "The governor should act on the new energy bill"; "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"
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So now it's come up with another scheme that has no certain outcome and is destined to go off at half-cock.