At half 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]


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  • At half cock — Half Half (h[aum]f), a. [AS. healf, half, half; as a noun, half, side, part; akin to OS., OFries., & D. half, G. halb, Sw. half, Dan. halv, Icel. h[=a]lfr, Goth. halbs. Cf. {Halve}, {Behalf}.] 1. Consisting of a moiety, or half; as, a half… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • at half cock — see half cock …   Useful english dictionary

  • at half-cock — when only partly ready. → half cock …   English new terms dictionary

  • go off at half-cock — verb act prematurely or without reflection or too soon she wanted to quit her job but her mother told her not to go off half cocked • Syn: ↑go off half cocked • Hypernyms: ↑act, ↑move • Verb Frames: Somebody s …   Useful english dictionary

  • go\ off\ at\ half\ cock — • go off half cocked • go off at half cock v. phr. informal To act or speak before getting ready; to do something too soon. Bill often goes off half cocked. Mr. Jones was thinking about quilting his job, but his wife told him not to go at half… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • go off at half cock — (informal) To begin too soon, when not properly prepared • • • Main Entry: ↑cock …   Useful english dictionary

  • go off at half-cock — old fashioned, old fashioned to suddenly give your opinion without preparing what you are saying or understanding the subject you are talking about, often because you are angry. You don t listen. You just go off at half cock without even hearing… …   New idioms dictionary

  • go off at half cock — Meaning Act hastily. Origin Flintlock rifles can be fired from full cock or half cock but only work well from full cock …   Meaning and origin of phrases

  • go off at half-cock — British informal to start doing something without being properly prepared, so that the results are not successful …   English dictionary

  • 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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