go off at half cock

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Definition of go off at half cock

British, informal
: 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.

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“Go off at half cock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/go%20off%20at%20half%20cock. Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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