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Definition of half-cock in English:

noun

The partly raised position of the cock of a gun: although the hammer has a half-cock position, I would not carry this pistol with a chambered round
More 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.

Phrases

at half-cock

1
(Of a gun) with the cock partly raised.
Example sentences
  • We test that by putting the hammer at half-cock, then suspending the gun by the trigger, so that the entire weight of the gun is bearing on the half-cock.
  • Should I keep it at half cock with the safety on?
1.1When only partly ready: the postponement saved the army from setting off another attack at half-cock
More example sentences
  • We've got this brand spanking-new ship working at half-cock.
  • Never one to approach life at half-cock, she has indulged herself in jaunts here and there and the occasional spectacular jolly.
  • Unfortunately for the British, its plans had been revealed to the Haganah and the operation went off at half-cock.

Derivatives

half-cocked

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • And all practical shooters were painted as half-cocked wackos who represent a danger to society.
  • Passing off half-cocked theories as being ‘credible’ just casts everything else you say in doubt and works against everyone who really wants to find the truth.
  • They have committee after committee and the result is always a half-cocked compromise.

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