recock

verb
re·​cock | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈkäk How to pronounce recock (audio) \
recocked; recocking; recocks

Definition of recock

transitive + intransitive

: to cock again If a quarterback has pump-faked and then begins to recock the arm and the ball is lost, that is a fumble.— Nick Cafardo especially : to position the hammer of (a firearm) to reset it for firing after a previous attempt to discharge it If a deer is still in the vicinity, it's not likely that the hunter can recock without alerting it. — Eric Bruce When his pistol misfired, onlookers declared honor had been restored. But the feisty Jackson, blood dripping into his boots, recocked his pistol, fired and killed the startled Dickinson. — Robert Kyle

First Known Use of recock

1797, in the meaning defined above

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“Recock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recock. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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