recock

verb re·cock \ (ˌ)rē-ˈkäk \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of recock

recocked; recocking; recocks
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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