(not) half the person/man/woman (one) used to be

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(not) half the person/man/woman (one) used to be

Having a reduced, diminished, or weakened physique, disposition, conviction, prowess, or mental acuity, as after some action, event, or trauma. Sometimes used in the negative but to the same effect. Poor Mary, she isn't half the person she used to be since that car accident. Have you seen John lately? He lost so much weight that he's like half the man he used to be!
See also: half, man, person, used, woman
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HALF THE MAN HE WAS A football fan who was so overweight he got wedged in a turnstile at a sports ground has lost over 17 stone and hopes to start a family to "be the dad that my father was to me".
He may be half the man he once was but he is a colossus in his wife's eyes.
BEDDED BLISS A lorry takes man mountain Manuel to his wedding; A BRIDE IDEA Claudia has helped Manuel shed 40st; RECORD-BREAKER Manuel at his heaviest; HALF THE MAN Manuel has slimmed down to just 54st
Speaking of the solid build of his brother, the slighter (and younger by three years) Monte says, "I'm about half the man my brother is--literally.
John Malkovich is half the man he used to be as Humma Kavula in ``The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
He is half the man he used to be, but Steve Lloyd has worked for three years to get that way as he prepares to line up with thousands of other runners for the Great North Run.
Every man in this room is half the man his grandfather was," Louis Guillette told a group of lawmakers at a recent Congressional hearing.
He has been unable to leave his bed for four years and will honeymoon at RECORD-BREAKER Manuel at his heaviest HALF THE MAN Manuel has slimmed down to just 54st home.
Suddenly, I'm not half the man I used to be, There's a shadow hanging over me.