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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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He and his team acknowledge that they went off a bit half-cocked with the technology to support the "special order" business.
A word to you dreamers out there: Don't look at this advice and go off half-cocked talking to your spouse about how you're going to start raising ostriches and make $100,000 a year at it--and I doer care if you happen to live on a farm
But at a time when serious political debate is hard to find, our leaders can offer dodgy dossiers and half-cocked claims as if they were good coin.
The half-cocked is never recommended for pre Series 80 Colts.
Real friends would not have allowed him to announce such a half-cocked cabinet that treats Scotland with contempt.
The delay is regrettable, but it is much better that we get the system right rather than introducing it half-cocked.
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 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.
We won't go in half-cocked as there's so much at stake.
The Coalition's response is too little, too late, a typical half-cocked strategy that will take decades to take effect - if it happens at all.
An unstable person with a hot temper was said to have a "hair trigger," and someone who behaved rashly was "goin' off half-cocked.
If you're unsure of something and you don't ask you can go off half-cocked in the wrong direction saying the wrong things to the wrong folk.
Therefore if something is half-cocked, it is not ready.
To load it the hammer was half-cocked, then a frame mounted latch above the hammer must be pulled back and the barrel pushed downwards.
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.