[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.
  1. midway, as between two places or points.
  2. going to or covering only half or part of the full extent: halfway measures.
  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.

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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