by halves
phrasal in part ; halfheartedly

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • By halves — Halves Halves (h[aum]vz), n., pl. of {Half}. [1913 Webster] {By halves}, by one half at once; halfway; fragmentarily; partially; incompletely. [1913 Webster] I can not believe by halves; either I have faith, or I have it not. J. H. Newman. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • by halves — adverb : inadequately or incompletely : halfheartedly let s not do things by halves * * * by halves 1. Incompletely 2. Half heartedly • • • Main Entry: ↑half * * * by halves informal : in an …   Useful english dictionary

  • by halves — evenly, into two equal pieces; partially, not completely …   English contemporary dictionary

  • by halves — idi incompletely or halfheartedly …   From formal English to slang

  • do something by halves — do (something) by halves to do something without enthusiasm or not completely. He did not do things by halves, and so the rundown farm became a beautiful country estate. Usage notes: usually used in the negative forms never do something by halves …   New idioms dictionary

  • do by halves — do (something) by halves to do something without enthusiasm or not completely. He did not do things by halves, and so the rundown farm became a beautiful country estate. Usage notes: usually used in the negative forms never do something by halves …   New idioms dictionary

  • not do anything by halves — (not) do anything/things by halves if you do not do things by halves, you always make a lot of effort and do things very well. I didn t realise you were decorating the whole house! Oh, we don t do things by halves round here …   New idioms dictionary

  • not do things by halves — (not) do anything/things by halves if you do not do things by halves, you always make a lot of effort and do things very well. I didn t realise you were decorating the whole house! Oh, we don t do things by halves round here …   New idioms dictionary

  • do anything by halves — (not) do anything/things by halves if you do not do things by halves, you always make a lot of effort and do things very well. I didn t realise you were decorating the whole house! Oh, we don t do things by halves round here …   New idioms dictionary

  • do things by halves — (not) do anything/things by halves if you do not do things by halves, you always make a lot of effort and do things very well. I didn t realise you were decorating the whole house! Oh, we don t do things by halves round here …   New idioms dictionary

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