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.
Kane had a sorry time last season, lurching from one bad injury to another, out for 91 days all told, then asked to play too many matches half-cock, for club and national sides not good enough to win anything.
A third mode I used to see recommended for the 1911 is one I disapprove of thoroughly --magazine loaded, round in the chamber, hammer down or in the half-cock notch.
To load it, the hammer is placed at half-cock and the loading gate is hinged outward.
It has a "half-cock" for lower power and more shots per fill.
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.
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.
"Stevie Carr played half-cock at Goodison Park during the week with a thigh problem.
But now I realise that it's another indication that this project is going off at half-cock.
Initially, Prince Charles declared himself to be a Romantic Pragmatist, but he quickly fell under the influence of the Neo-Classicists, and echoes of his strident denunciations of Modernism were to be heard in every planning committee in Britain, with the result that there is a rash of 1990s half-cock, second-rate Palladian travesties all over the country.