Definition of half cock in English:

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half cock

noun

The partly raised position of the cock of a gun.
Example sentences
  • It was later differentiated from the ‘true’ flintlock by firearms scholars for whom the ‘true’ and original snaphaunce lock had a steel separate from the pan cover and a cock incapable of the half-cock safety position.
  • Let's assume someone is loading the revolver properly with the hammer at its half-cock position.
  • As he listened to their conversation, through a bug he planted, he pulled the hammer of his revolver back to half-cock and gently pushed out the loading gate.

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Syllabification: half cock

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