half-cocked


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half-cocked

adj
(Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) (of a firearm) at half-cock
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half′-cocked′



adj.
(of a firearm) held in the position of half cock.
Idioms:
go off half-cocked, to act or speak impulsively or thoughtlessly.
[1800–10]
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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.
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Translations

half-cocked

[ˌhɑːfˈkɒkt] ADJ [gun] → con el seguro echado; [plan, scheme] → mal concebido
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