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half' cock'




the position of the hammer of a firearm when held halfway between the firing and retracted positions by a mechanism so that it will not operate.

half-cock



Pronunciation: (haf'kok', häf'-), [key]
v.t.
to set the hammer of (a firearm) at half cock.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

half centhalf-cocked

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