Meaning of expressions with HALF: half way, half time
the interval between 2 parts of a game
At half-time Chelsea are winning 2 – nil. In the second half Arsenal will have to play better
1 midpoint between 2 things
- – They are at the halfway point in the negotiations, they should finish this afternoon
2 by a small or incomplete amount
- – You can’t go halfway when you’re organising your papers. If you don’t finish you will soon have another mess in your office!
meet someone half way
– make an agreement that partly satisfies the demands of both sides
- – I want $200 and you offer $100. Meet me halfway at $150 and it’s yours.
Meet trouble halfway
– worry before it is necessary
- – “ Your mother hasn’t phoned, do you think she’s got a problem. Should I phone the police?”
- “Hey, hey You always try to meet trouble halfway! If there was something wrong, her neighbour would have phoned us!”
Not have 2 halfpennies to rub together
- – John Cumbledaire lost his house and all his money and now he has to go to soup kitchens for food because he doesn’t have two halfpennies to rub together.
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