half cock

half cock
—see go off at half cock half 1 (11)

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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  • half cock — half′ cock′ n. mil (on a firearm) the position of the hammer when held by the sear halfway between the firing and retracted positions so that the weapon cannot be fired • Etymology: 1695–1705 …   From formal English to slang

  • half cock — n. the halfway position of the hammer of a firearm, when the trigger is locked and cannot be pulled …   English World dictionary

  • half-cock — noun the partly raised position of the cock of a gun. Phrases at half cock when only partly ready. Derivatives half cocked adjective …   English new terms dictionary

  • half cock — noun 1. : the position of the hammer of a firearm when about half retracted and held by the sear so that it cannot be operated by a pull on the trigger 2. : a state of inadequate preparation or mental confusion used with at the whole project went …   Useful english dictionary

  • half cock — noun Date: 1745 1. the position of the hammer of a firearm when about half retracted and held by the sear so that it cannot be operated by a pull on the trigger 2. chiefly British a state of inadequate preparation or mental confusion < go off at… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • half-cock — /haf kok , hahf /, v.t. to set the hammer of (a firearm) at half cock. [1825 35] * * * …   Universalium

  • half-cock — UK / US noun go off at half cock …   English dictionary

  • half-cock —    The position of the hammer of a firearm when about half retracted and held by the sear so that it cannot be operated by a normal pull of the trigger …   Forensic science glossary

  • At half cock — Half Half (h[aum]f), a. [AS. healf, half, half; as a noun, half, side, part; akin to OS., OFries., & D. half, G. halb, Sw. half, Dan. halv, Icel. h[=a]lfr, Goth. halbs. Cf. {Halve}, {Behalf}.] 1. Consisting of a moiety, or half; as, a half… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • At half cock — Cock Cock, n. [It. cocca notch of an arrow.] 1. The notch of an arrow or crossbow. [1913 Webster] 2. The hammer in the lock of a firearm. [1913 Webster] {At cock}, {At full cock}, with the hammer raised and ready to fire; said of firearms, also,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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