Definition of half-cocked in US English:

half-cocked

adjective

  • 1(of a gun) with the cock partly raised.

  • 2Only partly ready; poorly prepared.

    ‘half-cocked solutions often change things for the worse’
    ‘a couple of journalists went off half-cocked and misread a document’

Pronunciation

half-cocked

/ˌhæfˈkɑkt//ˌhafˈkäkt/