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half measures

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishhalf measureshalf measuresEFFECTIVEactions or methods that are not strong enough, and so are not effective in dealing with a difficult problem This is no time for half measures. half
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half measuresI suppose I was never contented with half measures.Learn your trade fully, do the job properly - no half measures.The only alternative to Lloyd George's lies were Asquith's half measures.There's no half measures to playing this way.Half measures will not fix America's health-care problems.
half measuresˈhalf ˌmeasures, half-measures noun [plural] British English  actions or methods that are not effective in dealing with the whole of a difficult problem Half measures will not fix the health care system.
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half measuresLearn your trade fully, do the job properly - no half measures.There's no half measures to playing this way.The only alternative to Lloyd George's lies were Asquith's half measures.I suppose I was never contented with half measures.
half measureshalf measuresGOOD ENOUGHthings done to deal with a difficult situation that are not effective or firm enough This was no time for half measures and compromises. measure
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half measuresLearn your trade fully, do the job properly - no half measures.There's no half measures to playing this way.The only alternative to Lloyd George's lies were Asquith's half measures.I suppose I was never contented with half measures.
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