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half a mind

An inclination that is not definite or resolute. For example, I've half a mind to drop the course, or He went out with half a mind to walk all the way there. [First half of 1700s] Also see have a good mind to.

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  • "I'm half-a-mind to go over there and tell them off," Nora murmured.

    Death of a Spaceman

    Walter M. Miller

  • I had half-a-mind to discard my little camera also, but somehow or other I could not bring myself to part with this.