half-cock

Definitions

Cricket

  • adjective denoting a defensive batting stroke in which the bat is held quite straight, more or less over the popping crease, and the ball is allowed to come on to it
    Citation ‘On slow wickets, especially if the ball breaks, the “Half-cock stroke” should not be used, since back-play is more effective in defence’ (C.B. Fry, Cricket: Batsmanship 1912)
    Citation ‘With his next ball he had Botham well caught by Martin Crowe at short leg off a half-cock defensive push’ (Andrew Longmore, Cricketer April 1984)
  • adverb making a half-cock stroke
    Citation ‘In the next over Richardson, playing half-cock at a brisk outswinger, edged Davidson to third slip’ (Peebles 1959)
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