half-cocked

adjective
\ ˈhaf-ˈkäkt How to pronounce half-cocked (audio) , ˈhäf- \

Definition of half-cocked

1 : being at half cock
2 : lacking adequate preparation or forethought go off half-cocked

First Known Use of half-cocked

1809, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of half-cocked was in 1809

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“Half-cocked.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/half-cocked. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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half-cocked

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English Language Learners Definition of half-cocked

US, informal : showing a lack of preparation or careful thought : stupid or foolish

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