[ havz, hahvz ]
/ hævz, hɑvz /
plural of half.
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- 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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Idioms and Phrases with by halves (1 of 2)
Imperfectly, reluctantly, or half-heartedly, as in You really can't paint a portrait by halves. [Mid-1500s]
Idioms and Phrases with by halves (2 of 2)
see by halves; go halves. Also see under half.
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