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half-cocked

1. mod. unprepared. (see also go off half-cocked.) So he’s half-cocked. So what?
2. mod. alcohol intoxicated. He just sat there, half-cocked and singing.

half-cocked

Prematurely. Like “flash in the pan,” “half-cocked” is a phrase that comes from old firearms. The firing mechanism of a flintlock pistol or musket could be set at full cock, or ready to be discharged, or half cock, which was the equivalent of having a safety on a revolver. A weapon that went off while half-cocked did so prematurely, just like someone who loses his temper without considering the facts or consequences of a situation. To act too soon, especially in a rash or impetuous fashion, is to go off half-cocked.
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When lefties go off half-cocked with conspiracy theories, it does our cause no good.
It's such a big event and the police wanted more consultation time, so rather than rush it and do it half-cocked we decided it would make more sense if we put it off until next year," Mr Smith said.
So desperate were they to have some sort of provincial set-up that when the head honchos at Stradey and the Arms Park dug their heels in, they caved in and went at it all half-cocked, knowing another eruption was practically inevitable.
Little Britain does too, although their take-off of Take That was half-cocked (much like Gary Barlow by all accounts).
Spots like these are what's known in the biz as an All Play, and Smyth and Meza battled it out at each one like a half-cocked Fejj and Grabke.
Their votes made the difference in the council's 8-7 vote to stick to its half-cocked guns and force a showdown.
He'd come home half-cocked after hitting the bars, and I'd go down to the basement and do my models and make things,'' he recalled.
Instead, we got a half-cocked arrangement that talks like a private firm but is actually state-owned.
Brian and the owners wouldn't want me to be riding half-cocked and it wouldn't be professional for me to do that anyway.
So far, despite both of them parading their half-cocked charms round LA, America remains whelmed.
It's less than a fortnight since he ran, so I'm not going to fire him off half-cocked.
And remember - Andy Kerr is no crazy man who goes off half-cocked.
For us, that's enough of a reason to go half-cocked into finding whatever we could deem ``undignified.
A spokesman for the Scottish Office said: "Our number one priority is to make sure that when this work does go ahead, it is not done half-cocked.
Even if she turns up half-cocked she might be able to deal with today's rivals, but it's worth bearing in mind the tenyear-old tends to race with the choke out and her record after an absence leaves a fair bit to be desired.