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 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.
Both were cast in director Suki Hawley's indie-rock road film Half-Cocked, and it was then, as O'Neil giggles, that the two "took the plunge." The lovers have since collaborated to create the haunting, countrified music of Retsin.
"We'll have to have a good look at ourselves individually, you can't turn up there half-cocked. To be fair to Glasgow, they played as if they had something to play for and we didn't," said Coughlan.
We won't go in half-cocked as there's so much at stake.
An unstable person with a hot temper was said to have a "hair trigger," and someone who behaved rashly was "goin' off half-cocked." Being told to "hold your fire" referred not just to refraining from shooting, but to speaking out of turn, interrupting others, or executing any kinds of actions not even remotely connected with shooting.
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.
It's almost like the striker is only half-cocked. When I pull the trigger, the firing pin hits, but not hard enough to fire.
Therefore if something is half-cocked, it is not ready.
Brough from Fazakerley had read the full story in the ECHO (Nov 9) about a new mosgue being built before picking up his pen half-cocked and writing an ill-informed letter.