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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishhalf-heartedhalf-heart‧ed /ˌhɑːf ˈhɑːtɪd◂ $ ˌhæf ˈhɑːr-/ ●○○ adjective  ENTHUSIASTIC#done without much effort and without much interest in the result Congress has made half-hearted attempts at finance reform.half-heartedly adverb
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half-heartedHer apology was very half-hearted.Discs' efforts in this direction have been decidedly half-hearted.Their criticism, however, was half-hearted.There was a half-hearted and unconvincing attempt to justify fins.People are starting to criticize the government for its half-hearted approach to reform.Yves had made a half-hearted attempt to be friendly.I'd only mentioned sheep in a half-hearted attempt to change the subject of conversation.Later in the film, another teammate executes a half-hearted attempt to pull her aboard a fast-moving boat, leaving her behind.A re-check should never be necessary, since this only implies the acceptance of a half-hearted check in the first place.We're also wondering why the university is now covering its butt legally with this half-hearted gesture.When I threw a half-hearted punch in his general direction, he knocked me down.
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