Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

half cock

noun

Definition of half cock

  1. 1 :  the position of the hammer of a firearm when about half retracted and held by the sear so that it cannot be operated by a pull on the trigger

  2. 2 chiefly British :  a state of inadequate preparation or mental confusion <go off at half cock>




Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up half cock? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

of, relating to, or near a shore

Get Word of the Day daily email!