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partly, but not completely
He was half in the water and half out.
She was standing there half dressed, putting on her makeup.
The door was only half closed.
The jug was still
I was only
I was half expecting her to say 'no'.
I half hoped that they wouldn't come.
I said it half jokingly.
used to emphasize something bad, to say that it is almost an extremely bad thing
The kitten looked half starved.
He was half dead with exhaustion.
I had been driven half out of my mind with worry.
half as much/big etc
half the size, amount etc of something else
The new machine has all the same functions, but is only half as large.
half as much/big etc again
larger by an amount that is equal to half the original size
A flat in London costs almost half as much again as a flat in Glasgow.
not half as/so good/interesting etc (as somebody/something)
much less good, less interesting etc than someone or something else
The movie wasn't half as entertaining as the book.
She can't love you half as much as I do.
used when you want to emphasize an opinion or statement
She doesn't half talk once she gets started.
not half bad
an expression meaning good, used especially when you are rather surprised that something is good
Actually, the party wasn't half bad.
half and half
partly one thing and partly another
The group was about half and half, complete beginners and people with some experience.
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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