Definitions for go off half-cocked

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. go off half-cocked, go off at half-cock(verb)

    act prematurely or without reflection or too soon

    "she wanted to quit her job but her mother told her not to go off half-cocked"

Wiktionary

  1. go off half-cocked(Verb)

    : To take a premature or ill-considered action.

  2. Origin: 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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