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Definition of "half-cock" - British English Dictionary

half-cockadjective

uk   /ˌhɑːfˈkɒk/  us   /ˌhæfˈkɑːk/ UK old-fashioned
go off at half-cock UK (US go off half-cocked) to fail because of not being well planned or because of starting too soon
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