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adjective as in dilettante

adjective as in premature

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But here again, Perry is not the half-cocked yahoo his critics assume.

Today at last those half-cocked plans of revival have resulted in some worthy 21st-century developments.

We stood at a rest in the line, with guns half-cocked and bayonets fixed, momentarily awaiting the appearance of the foe.

You are told this much of the truth so that you won't go off half-cocked with a fine collection of rather dangerous untruths.

The burghers gazed at it for a time in silent awe, as a wary housewife does at a gun, fearful it may go off half-cocked.

Tempers will go off half-cocked even among men of good habit.

Thoroughness is the way of duty, rather than a speed which goes off half-cocked.


On this page you'll find 31 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to half-cocked, such as: green, rookie, tenderfoot, artsy fartsy, dabbling, and half-baked.

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