Meaning of idioms half the battle, not half, half a dozen, half and half
Half the battle
biggest part of the difficulty (finished)
- – Chopping the tree down without it falling on the house was half the battle. Now we only need to cut it up into small logs for the fire.
- – Getting all the data for the report and interpreting it is half the battle. All we have to do now is print it.
Not half (infml)
- – Wow! It isn’t half windy today, it’s difficult to walk.
2 Not at all
- – The food’s not half bad. (= quite good)
3 very much
- – “Did you like that pizza?” “Not half! Is there any more?”
4 not nearly as
- – The sea was very rough but we didn’t feel half as bad (we felt much better) when we arrived in the port.
Half and half
equal measures of two things
- – “How much milk do you want in your coffee?” “Half and half”
half a dozen
6; especially of things packed in dozens (12s)
- – Can I have half a dozen large eggs, please?
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