full cock

noun
: the position of the hammer of a firearm when fully retracted and ready to be released by the sear — compare half cock

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full cock,
1. a position of the hammer of a gun when it is pulled back completely. At full cock, the gun is ready to be fired.
2. Informal. a position of readiness: »

[He] is one of those writers who face life, however trivial its manifestations, perpetually at full cock (Francis King).


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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