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Meaning of half-cocked

half-cocked

Pronunciation: (haf'kokt', häf'-), [key]
— adj.
  1. (of a firearm) at the position of half cock.
  2. lacking mature consideration or enough preparation; ill-considered or ill-prepared; half-baked.
  3. to act or happen prematurely: He went off half-cocked and told everyone the news.
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