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Definition of half-cock noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

half-cock

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˌhɑːf ˈkɒk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌhæf ˈkɑːk//
 
 
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Idioms
go off at half-cock
 
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(British English, informal) to start before preparations are complete, so that the effect or result is not as it should be