half-cocked

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half-cocked

1. Prematurely, impulsively, or rashly. Don't go off half-cocked and say something you'll regret later.
2. Drunk. Do you remember last night at the bar at all? You were half-cocked.

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 said that he half cocked it so that the shopkeeper could see that it was not loaded.
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"Growing up, we thought, 'When you have a good horse, you mind him and you wait.' "He had little, niggling injuries along the way but we said that, rather than rush him here and bring him half cocked, we waited and waited - and our turn came."
To go to the polls before that would be to go off half cocked.
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The recent making by Bollywood of the Scarlett story so soon after the tragedy is an absolute disgrace!!A The mentality of the Bollywood moguls behind it seems to be "Ride that media pony, let's strike while the iron is hot and capitalise on the tragic death of this young misguided girl".A In fact I honestly couldn't think of anyone worse to produce the film, I'm glad though it'll be the usual half cocked crumpet that Bollywood likes to serve up, a bit of cheese please, I wonder if there'll be a bit of song and dance to accompany the bad acting and splashing of human pain to go with it....
He's only half cocked for this and he'll improve 10lb for the run, but I'd still be surprised if his bubble was burst.
You cannot go into these things half cocked. You have to give your very best."