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HALF. One equal part of a thing divided into two parts, either in fact or in contemplation. A moiety. This word is used in composition; as, half cent, half dime, &c.

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I informed him that our friend Marlow had retired from the sea in a sort of half-hearted fashion some years ago.
Heinz and Klatz, possibly influenced by their exhortation, were putting up but a half-hearted resistance; but Dietz, a huge, bearded, bull-necked Prussian, yelling like a maniac, sought to exterminate the Englische schweinhunde with his bayonet, fearing to fire his piece lest he kill some of his comrades.
That will be the best way, and you can tell me in the morning." Mingled with the "Good-nights," were half-hearted protests from Mrs.
My tone may have been half-hearted. I did my best to make it otherwise.
I had never known him handle a case in such a half-hearted fashion.
Waseem further urged the youngsters to take their game very seriously as half-hearted approach never enough to ensure success, he promised the youngsters, he will visit again and witness the state of the art Diamond Cricket Academy, he told them, during his playing days, he used to work very hard, which resulted in he had played loads of county matches, there are no short cuts in cricket, if you guys want to earn name for yourself and your families, then, you had to work hard and respond to what is being taught to you, Waseem was highly impressed the way DCA provide training and facilities to its players.
I knew that pleading for the nth time that I have been working to help support my family, that I am determined to graduate, that I will now do everything they tell me to do to finish my degree, was a half-hearted promise.
New Delhi: Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Saturday said the Modi government's five measures to stop further depreciation of rupee and widening of the current account deficit were"half-hearted & too late".
Capital Development Authority's enforcement teams on Tuesday carried out a half-hearted operation against land mafia and encroachers in Markaz G-8 that instead of producing the desired results further complicated the situation.
Frankie Boyle doesn't know, but he says he's going to make a half-hearted attempt to find out (Frankie Goes to Russia, BBC2, Sunday).
As I continue to grow and learn, I notice that I'm no longer willing to put up with half-hearted relationships, half-hearted efforts at communicating, and half-hearted conversations.
The Villa boss revealed that the horrible atmosphere he walked into near the start of last season was responsible for the half-hearted start to the campaign.