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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>



1745

First Known Use of half cock

1745

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