A shambles. Sounds vulgar, but may not be; it may be a grouse shooting term. Customarily, shooters employ
beaters to disturb birds on the ground and drive
them into the air towards the guns. Normally one only shoots
grouse hens, so if the beaters were by mistake to put up a grouse cock
, they would warn the guns not to shoot by shouting "Don't shoot! It's a cock
be a transitive and intransitive verb.