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half cock

noun

Definition of HALF COCK

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

First Known Use of HALF COCK

1745

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