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[haf-wey, hahf-]
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  1. to half the distance; to midpoint: The rope reaches only halfway.
  2. almost; nearly; just about: He halfway surrendered to their demands.
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  1. midway, as between two places or points.
  2. going to or covering only half or part of the full extent: halfway measures.
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  1. meet halfway, to compromise with; give in partially to: They didn't comply with all our demands, but met us halfway on the more important points.
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Origin of halfway

First recorded in 1350–1400, halfway is from the Middle English word half wei. See half, way1
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adverb, adjective
  1. at or to half the distance; at or to the middle
  2. in or of an incomplete manner or nature
  3. meet halfway to compromise with
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Word Origin and History for halfway

also half-way, Old English healfweg; see half + way. Halfway house originally was a common name for inns midway between cities or stages.

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Idioms and Phrases with halfway


see go halfway.

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