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halfcock


halfcock


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Halfcock  \Half"cock`\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Halfcocked};  p.  pr 
  &  vb  n.  {Halfcocking}.] 
  To  set  the  cock  of  (a  firearm)  at  the  first  notch. 
 
  {To  go  off  halfcocked}. 
  a  To  be  discharged  prematurely,  or  with  the  trigger  at  half 
  cock;  --  said  of  a  firearm. 
  b  To  do  or  say  something  without  due  thought  or  care 
  [Colloq.  or  Low] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  half-cock 
  n  :  confusion  resulting  from  lack  of  preparation