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one of two equal parts of something
Two halves make a whole.
one/two etc and a half
1½, 2½ etc
My son's three and a half now.
an hour and a half later
two and a half thousand people
first/second/other half (of something)
in the first half of the nineteenth century
He kept the other half of the cake for himself.
top/bottom/northern etc half (of something)
A veil covered the lower half of her face.
the southern half of the country
break/cut/tear etc something in half
into two equal parts
She tore the piece of paper in half.
reduce/cut something by half
make something 50% smaller
a plan to cut European forces by half
one of the two parts into which a sports event is divided
France played very well in the first half.
a player who plays in the middle part of the field in sports like football,
the 23-year-old Newcastle
a half of a
Can I have a half of lager, please?
a child's ticket, for example on a bus or train, that is cheaper than an adult's ticket
One and a half to Waterloo, please.
a ... and a half
used when you think that something is very unusual or surprising, or very good
That was a meal and a half!
the half of it
used to emphasize that a situation is more difficult, complicated, or unpleasant than people realize
Everyone knows she's a difficult girl, but they
don't know the half of it
your better half/other half
used humorously to mean your husband or wife
not do something by halves
to do something very eagerly and using a lot of care and effort
I'm sure it will be a fantastic wedding. Eva never does anything by halves.
go halves (on something)
to share something, especially the cost of something, equally between two people
Do you want to go halves on a pizza?
too clever/rich/good etc by half
very clever, rich etc in an annoying way
That boy's too arrogant by half.
how the other half lives
how people who are much richer or much poorer than you manage their lives, work, money etc
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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