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Go off at half-cock   /goʊ ɔf æt hæf-kɑk/   Listen
Go off at half-cock

Act prematurely or without reflection or too soon.  Synonym: go off half-cocked.

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"Go off at half-cock" Quotes from Famous Books

... a while, Duncan. Listen to me. Your worst fault, and, in business, your worst handicap, is a tendency to go off at half-cock. You've learned a lot about business since you came to the West, but you still have your old Southern notions, and they embarrass you. Let me explain. I'm a business man, pure and simple. I haven't any ideas, or prejudices, or foolishnesses of any kind. Neither have those fellows ...
— A Captain in the Ranks - A Romance of Affairs • George Cary Eggleston

... "You go off at half-cock, and don't hear me out. God made us all, white, black, and red; and, no doubt, had his own wise intentions in coloring us differently. Still, he made us, in the main, much the same in feelin's; though I'll not deny that he gave each race its gifts. A white ...
— The Deerslayer • James Fenimore Cooper

Words linked to "Go off at half-cock" :   move, act, go off half-cocked

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