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halves

[havz, hahvz] /hævz, hɑvz/
noun
1.
plural of half.
Idioms
2.
by halves,
  1. incompletely or partially:
    to do things by halves.
  2. halfheartedly:
    better not at all than by halves.
3.
go halves, to share equally; divide evenly.
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by halves

Imperfectly, reluctantly, or half-heartedly, as in You really can't paint a portrait by halves. [ Mid-1500s ]

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