Meaning of HALF in English

HALF

■ noun ( plural halves )

1》 either of two equal or corresponding parts into which something is or can be divided.

↘either of two equal periods into which a sports game or performance is divided.

2》 Brit. informal ~ a pint of beer.

3》 informal a ~-price fare or ticket.

4》 Golf a score for a hole that is the same as one's opponent's.

5》 a ~back.

■ predeterminer & pronoun an amount equal to a ~.

■ adjective forming a ~.

■ adverb to the extent of ~.

↘[often in combination ] partly: ~-cooked.

Phrases

~ a chance informal the slightest opportunity.

the ~ of it [usu. with negative ] informal the most important part or aspect.

~ one ( two , etc.) informal way of saying ~ past one (two, etc.).

~ past one ( two , etc.) thirty minutes after one (two, etc.) o'clock.

~ seas over Brit. informal, dated fairly drunk.

not do things by halves do things thoroughly or extravagantly.

not ~

1》 not nearly.

2》 informal not at all.

3》 Brit. informal to an extreme degree: she didn't ~ flare up!

too —— by ~ excessively ——: too superstitious by ~.

Origin

OE ~ , healf , of Gmc origin.

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