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go off half-cocked

Definitions

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  • v. : To take a premature or ill-considered action.

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  • v. act prematurely or without reflection or too soon

Etymologies

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From the days of flintlock and caplock firearms, where the half-cock position of the hammer was both a rudimentary safety, and the proper position for priming the pan or inserting a percussion cap. The phrase was originally rendered, "to go off at half-cock."

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