- plural of half.
- by halves,
- incompletely or partially: to do things by halves.
- halfheartedly: better not at all than by halves.
- go halves, to share equally; divide evenly.
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Imperfectly, reluctantly, or half-heartedly, as in You really can't paint a portrait by halves. [Mid-1500s]
see by halves; go halves. Also see under half.
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