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Definition of the adjective Half-cocked

What does Half-cocked mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. [context: of a gun] Not fully cocked
  2. [context: of a plan etc] Not fully prepared


Half-cocked a.k.a. Halfcocked was an American hard rock band. Influenced by 1970s hard rock and punk rock, along with 1980s glam metal, they started out in Boston in 1997 and signed with independent label Curve of the Earth Records. In 1999 the band placed third in the finals of the WBCN Rock & Roll Rumble, being the first "wild card" act to play in the finals. They signed with DreamWorks imprint Megatronic Records and moved to Los Angeles in 2000. After numerous delays, they released one final album—The Last Star—before splitting up.


"Half-Cocked" is a cult music roadmovie, made in 1994 in Louisville, Nashville and Chattanooga. The movie tells the story about a group of high school teens who steal a van full of music equipment and pretend to be a band, called "Truckstop" in order to stay on the road. When the band starts playing gigs, their sound is largely inconsistent and incoherent, however, over time, the band becomes increasingly competent in their musicianship. The film puts much emphasis on the indie/alternative rock subculture.

Phrases with Half-cocked

  1. go off half-cocked
  2. to go off half-cocked

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Google previewDictionary of Word Origins (1995)

A History of the Words, Expressions, and Clichés We Use by Jordan Almond

Half-Cocked. Where does the expression "go off half- ...

Google previewThe Routledge Dictionary of Historical Slang (2003)

by Eric Partridge

(Variant half-cocked.) 'To ejaculate before completing erection', F. & H.: ...

Google previewThe Pirate Dictionary

by Breverton, Terry

GO OFF HALF-COCKED If a pistol ...

Google previewA Lexicon of Lunacy (1993)

by Thomas Szasz

Greased Grogged Guyed out Guzzled H Half-cocked Half-corned Half-crocked Half-screwed Half seas over Half shaved Half-shot Half-slewed Half-snapped Half-sprung Half- stewed ...

Google previewThe American Slang Dictionary (1891)

by James Maitland

" Half-cocked; " to go off' (Am.), to start before one is ready. m Half mourning (Eng.), a black eye.

Google previewNTC's Dictionary of Everyday American English Expressions (1995)

by Richard Spears, Betty Birner, Steven Kleinedler

to jump the gun = to start a race before the starting gun is fired = to do something too early Don't go off half-cocked. half-cocked = ill-prepared Don't go chomping at the bit.

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