go off at half cock

Definition of go off at half cock

British, informal

  1. :  to do or say something without preparing for it or thinking about it Before you go off at half- cock, try listening to the explanation.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to move on a course :  proceed — compare stop

    :  to move out of or away from a place expressed or implied :  leave, depart

    :  to take a certain course or follow a certain procedure

  1. :  the act or manner of going

    :  the height of fashion :  rage

    :  an often unexpected turn of affairs :  occurrence

  1. :  functioning properly :  being in good and ready condition

  1. :  a game played between two players who alternately place black and white stones on a board checkered by 19 vertical lines and 19 horizontal lines in an attempt to enclose the larger area on the board

  1. :  from a place or position

    :  away from land

    :  at a distance in space or time

  1. : used as a function word to indicate physical separation or distance from a position of rest, attachment, or union

    :  to seaward of

    :  from the possession or charge of

  1. :  seaward

    :  right

    :  more removed or distant

  1. :  to go away :  depart

    :  kill, murder

  1. : office; officer; official

halfplay
  1. :  either of two equal parts that compose something

    :  a part approximately equal to one of these

    :  one of a pair: such as

  1. :  being one of two equal parts

    :  that is approximately equal to either of two equal parts that compose something :  amounting to approximately half

    :  falling short of the full or complete thing :  partial

  1. :  in an equal part or degree

    :  not completely :  partially

    :  by any means :  at all

cockplay
  1. :  the adult male of the domestic chicken (Gallus gallus) :  rooster

    :  the male of birds other than the domestic chicken

    :  woodcock

  1. :  strut, swagger

    :  to turn, tip, or stick up

    :  to position the hammer (see 1hammer 2b(2)) of a firearm for firing

  1. :  tilt, slant

  1. :  a small pile (as of hay)

  1. :  to put (as hay) into cocks


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