(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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JACKIE Knox is half the woman she used to be after losing an amazing 10 stones in 18 months.
I feel I'll come to a halt, or be half the woman I am now.
SOPHIE DAHL'S sexy curves were what made her famous, but now the 6ft blonde is half the woman she was.
When her memory starts to creep back she realises that in her new life she's not half the woman she was.