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

by halves

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

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see by halves; go halves. Also see under half.

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