go off half-cocked


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go off half-cocked

Fig. to go into action too early or without thinking. (Originally refers to a flintlock or matchlock gun firing prematurely, before the trigger was pulled.) Don't go off half-cocked. Plan out what you're going to do. Bill went off half-cocked and told everybody he was running for the state legislature.
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go off half-cocked

in. to proceed without knowing all the facts. The boss went off half-cocked and exploded into a rage about the mess.
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We can't go off half-cocked thinking we're better than everyone else,'' he said.
Make sure that you have all the facts, whatever the issue is, and don't just jump the gun or go off half-cocked without getting the facts.
So we don't go off half-cocked, we still look at the business models, but we do believe, with the likely growth rates of some of these companies going forward, that if the market cap continues to grow along with the growth rates of their revenues, they will become dominant companies and we'll move them out of the emerging growth sector over time.
But that's what happens when you go off half-cocked, when half-baked ideas are presented as fact.
The School Department could propose building a new high school or addition to solve the problems, but no town in the state would vote to go off half-cocked and spend millions to solve a crisis without a lot of discussion and a major plan.