- insufficient or haphazard; not fully planned or developed.
- incompetent; lacking sufficient ability or knowledge.
Origin of half-assed
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Examples from the Web for half-assed
What a throwaway, half-assed response devoid of any sort of research.Macklemore, the Grammy Winning Rapper, Is a 9/11 Truther Who Likes to Play Anti-Semitic Dress-Up
Emily Shire, Marlow Stern
May 20, 2014
Somers has gotten a lot of flak for her crazy assertions and half-assed medical theories.Suzanne Somers’s 13 Craziest Quotes: Sex, Adam Lanza, Patrick Swayze, and More
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It was “half-assed,” observes a Middle East insider close to the administration.Why Obama Will Ignore Israel
December 10, 2012
Instead, the studio got a half-assed explanation: “No points for early,” I argue.‘White Collar’ Creator Jeff Eastin: My Biggest Con
July 10, 2012
Had the SEC done even a half-assed job, the Ponzi scheme would have been discovered a decade ago.How the Government Screwed Madoff Victims Again
March 8, 2009
I didn't do it, and I can beat any case that half-assed ex-ambulance-chaser, Farnsworth, could dream up against me.Murder in the Gunroom
Henry Beam Piper
- incompetent; inept
- lacking efficiency or organization
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Word Origin and History for half-assed
"ineffectual," 1932, perhaps a humorous mispronunciation of haphazard.
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