To go off half-cocked
Halfcock Half"cock` (-k[o^]k`), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Halfcocked}(-k[o^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Halfcocking}.] To set the cock of (a firearm) at the first notch. [1913 Webster]

{To go off half-cocked}, {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] [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • go off half-cocked — 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 at half cock • Hypernyms: ↑act, ↑move • Verb Frames: Somebody s …   Useful english dictionary

  • go off half-cocked — in. to proceed without knowing all the facts. □ I waited because I didn’t want to go off half cocked. □ The oss went off half cocked and exploded into a rage about the mess …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • go\ off\ half-cocked — • 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 half-cocked — verb To take a premature or ill considered action. Make sure none of your men go off half cocked and ruin this operation …   Wiktionary

  • go off half-cocked — idi go off half cocked, to act or speak impulsively or thoughtlessly …   From formal English to slang

  • go off half-cocked — also[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 cock./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • go off half-cocked — also[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 cock./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • To go off halfcocked — Halfcock Half cock ( k[o^]k ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Halfcocked}( k[o^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Halfcocking}.] To set the cock of (a firearm) at the first notch. [1913 Webster] {To go off half cocked}, {To go off halfcocked}. (a) To be discharged… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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

  • half-cocked — [haf′käkt΄] adj. having the hammer at half cock: said of a firearm ☆ go off half cocked 1. to go off too soon: said of a firearm 2. to speak or act thoughtlessly or too hastily: also go off at half cock …   English World dictionary

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