Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HALF COCKED

I wouldn't be surprised to see you go off half cocked and blow us all up.

They say I have too many theories—go off half cocked and all that sort of thing.

Hence "to go off half cocked" originally meant that the burning fuse dropped into the powder pan before it was wanted.

My friend's gun is half cocked in readiness, and presented through an aperture in our hut.