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[haf-wey, hahf-] /ˈhæfˈweɪ, ˈhɑf-/
to half the distance; to midpoint:
The rope reaches only halfway.
almost; nearly; just about:
He halfway surrendered to their demands.
midway, as between two places or points.
going to or covering only half or part of the full extent:
halfway measures.
meet halfway, to compromise with; give in partially to:
They didn't comply with all our demands, but met us halfway on the more important points.
Origin of halfway
First recorded in 1350-1400, halfway is from the Middle English word half wei. See half, way1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I decided, grimly, that one owed all to one's relatives and I was halfway out of the car.

  • When he touched the floor again, he was halfway to the stove.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • halfway to the station Hugh Mavor met the dog-cart returning, the groom alone seated in it.

    A Sheaf of Corn Mary E. Mann
  • In front of it, about halfway to the footlights, was a low wall of fortifications.

    Diversions in Sicily H. Festing Jones
  • halfway through the pile he paused, turned backward three sheets, and studied for minutes.

    The Galaxy Primes Edward Elmer Smith
British Dictionary definitions for halfway


adverb, adjective
at or to half the distance; at or to the middle
in or of an incomplete manner or nature
meet halfway, to compromise with
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Word Origin and History for halfway

also half-way, Old English healfweg; see half + way. Halfway house originally was a common name for inns midway between cities or stages.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms and Phrases with halfway


see: go halfway
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