half the battle

half the battle

Fig. a significant part of an effort. Getting through traffic to the airport was half the battle. The flight was nothing at all.
See also: battle, half

half the battle

a part of the effort or work needed With so many search engines on the Web, deciding which is the best one is half the battle. Half the battle was simply convincing my mother that she couldn't be alone any more.
Usage notes: sometimes used in the form half the battle is won: If you know where to look for the information, half the battle is won.
See also: battle, half

half the battle

A successful beginning, as in You've got the shopping list done-that's half the battle. This expression is an abbreviation of an 18th-century proverb, "The first blow is half the battle."
See also: battle, half
References in classic literature ?
I think you will prosper, for the sincere wish to be good is half the battle.
In some cases they're half the battle, and it's always pleasant to feel that, if the worst comes to the worst, you needn't necessarily be convicted under your own name.
Au contraire, if we can manage to stow ourselves away unbeknownst, half the battle will be won.
No, he was n't; but he tried to be, and mother says that is half the battle.
He had made himself believe that he was going to get well, which was really more than half the battle, if he had been aware of it.
Yet man will never be perfect until he learns to create and destroy; he does know how to destroy, and that is half the battle.
A home draw is half the battle in the cup," said boss Ronnie McFall.
06 and it would be a major surprise if Julie Luckhurst's Altamount Bruce (T3) fails to lead and, as we know, that's more than half the battle at Crayford.
First, accepting there have always been and always will be daily challenges is half the battle.
Half the battle in stamping out this problem is educating irresponsible dog owners about the potential effects their laziness has on communities.
Everton skipper Neville said: "I knew I was going to score, I knew where the ball was going to go - and that's half the battle.
Helping retailers is only half the battle, with driving consumers into stores the obvious challenge," said Barber.
Half the battle is if the player wants to be there.
That's half the battle - if you are looking forward to it and you want to work hard.
Athar Abbas, Inter Service Public Relation Spokesman, said half the battle is over for the Taliban and all main arteries in and out of South Waziristan have been closed and the militants' freedom is restricted.