Half-cock



[haf-kok, hahf-] /ˈhæfˈkɒk, ˈhɑf-/

verb (used with object)
1.
to set the hammer of (a firearm) at half cock.
noun
1.
the position of the hammer of a firearm when held halfway between the firing and retracted positions by a mechanism so that it will not operate.
noun
1.
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

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