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English definition of “half-cock”

half-cock

adjective     /ˌhɑːfˈkɒk/ US  /ˌhæfˈkɑːk/ old-fashioned
go off at half-cock UK (US go off half-cocked) to start before arrangements are complete, and failing as a resultStarting and beginningStarting again
(Definition of half-cock adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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