[ havz, hahvz ]
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  1. plural of half.

Idioms about halves

  1. by halves,

    • incompletely or partially: to do things by halves.

    • halfheartedly: better not at all than by halves.

  2. go halves, to share equally; divide evenly.

Words Nearby halves

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How to use halves in a sentence

  • 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
  • Ethics, in short, may be regarded as composed of unlike halves, which unite centrally to form a whole.

    Man And His Ancestor | Charles Morris
  • The book, however, falls in two halves, when the fourth character appears.

  • Fortunately for them, Allardyce and Deacon were a better pair of halves than the couple they were marking.

    The Gold Bat | P. G. Wodehouse
  • And then the door split in two, and his fellows helped him push the separate halves back into the wall.

    Star Born | Andre Norton

Other Idioms and Phrases with halves


see by halves; go halves. Also see under half.

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