Meaning of: by halves, too clever by half, go halves, better half
– in part, incompletely
- – You haven’t finished tidying your room. Why do you always do things by halves?
Go halves (infml)
– share equally (the cost)
- – I can’t let you pay for everything, let’s go halves.
(my) better half (humour)
– one’s husband or wife
- – Have you met my better half? This is my wife, Gemma.
Too clever by half
– so sure of one’s cleverness that people don’t like it
- – That Tom is too clever by half, it almost seems like he wanted to humiliate my mother.
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