(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
References in classic literature ?
No one perceived that the drawing-room door had opened itself sufficiently to admit at least half the person of Mr.
YOUNG super slimmer Megan Walker is half the person she used to be.
Lois said: "If this hadn't happened to me this year, I don't think I'd be half the person I am today.
If more people were half the person he is when it comes to veterans, it would make life a lot easier.
You don't want to take someone's ambition away, if you take that away you have half the person.
A MUM of three is nearly half the person she used to be.
A MAN is quite literally half the person he was after losing a staggering 14 stone in a year.
but Jack Glasset is already half the person he used to be after becoming the first British teenager to have a gastric band fitted.
And by losing 185lb, or 13stone 3lb, she literally became less than half the person she was.
In fact, after attending a dinner last night at which Gai Waterhouse was the speaker, I was awestruck by her endless energy and drive and can only aspire to be half the person she is.
I would feel that I have achieved something if I could be even half the person she was.
As a friend of mine said recently, "I am still hoping to be half the person my dog thinks I am.