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[haf-kokt, hahf-] /ˈhæfˈkɒkt, ˈhɑf-/

(of a firearm) at the position of half cock.
lacking mature consideration or enough preparation; ill-considered or ill-prepared; half-baked.
go off half-cocked, to act or happen prematurely:
He went off half-cocked and told everyone the news.
Also, go off at half cock.
[haf-kok, hahf-] /ˈhæfˈkɒk, ˈhɑf-/
verb (used with object)
to set the hammer of (a firearm) at half cock.
(of a firearm) at half-cock
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
go off at half-cock, go off half-cocked


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