- 1 either of two equal parts into which something is or can be divided two and a half pounds (2½ lbs) One and a half hours are allowed for the exam. An hour and a half is allowed for the exam. The second half of the book is more exciting. I've divided the money in half. We'll need to reduce the weight by half. see also halve
- 2 either of two periods of time into which a sports game, concert, etc. is divided No goals were scored in the first half.
- 3 = halfback Idioms
- 1used to say that you think you will do something, although you are not sure I've half a mind to come with you tomorrow.
- 2used to say that you disapprove of what someone has done and should do something about it, although you probably will not I've a good mind to write and tell your parents about it.
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bigger, better, more important, etc. than usual That was a game and a half!
and a half (informal)jump to other results
to share the cost of something equally with someone We go halves on all the bills.
go halves (with somebody)jump to other results
used in negative sentences to say that a situation is worse or more complicated than someone thinks “It sounds very difficult.” “You don't know the half of it.”
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the way of life of a different social group, especially one much richer than you
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used to say that there is not much real difference between two possible choices
it's six of one and half a dozen of the other (saying)jump to other results
to do whatever you do completely and thoroughly You're expecting twins? Well, you never did do things by halves.
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one and a half times the usual rate of pay We get time and a half on Sundays. see also double time
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