At full cock
Cock Cock, n. [It. cocca notch of an arrow.] 1. The notch of an arrow or crossbow. [1913 Webster]

2. The hammer in the lock of a firearm. [1913 Webster]

{At cock}, {At full cock}, with the hammer raised and ready to fire; -- said of firearms, also, jocularly, of one prepared for instant action.

{At half cock}. See under {Half}.

{Cock feather} (Archery), the feather of an arrow at right angles to the direction of the cock or notch. --Nares. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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