Imperfectly, reluctantly, or half-heartedly, as in You really can't paint a portrait by halves. [Mid-1500s]
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They logged every incident and released depressing day-by-day accounts of the carnage.ISIS Fighters Are Killing Faster than Statisticians Can Count|Peter Schwartzstein|December 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
All along the highways and by-paths of our literature we encounter much that pertains to this "queen of plants."
John was baptizing at a large pool called Ænon-by-Saleim,—probably allegorical, meaning “Fountain of Repose.”Solomon and Solomonic Literature|Moncure Daniel Conway
The sewing-machine made a resounding clatter in the room; it was of a ponderous, by-gone make.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
Here the Goat, who evidently was not yet quite started, inquired, "Must all the halves be of the same shape?"Davy and The Goblin|Charles E. Carryl
Mr. Spurrell came down to see a horse, and we shall be very glad to have the benefit of his opinion by-and-by.