half-arsed


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half-arsed

  (British very informal!) also half-assed (American very informal!)
a half-arsed attempt to do something lacks energy and enthusiasm I made a half-arsed attempt to write the introduction and then went back to bed.
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Declaring the winner in Top Gear magazine out today, Clarkson concluded: "A half-arsed machine from a cash-strapped company?
If we give a good performance and don't win then so be it, but we don't want to go down there and give a half-arsed effort and walk away with our heads in our hands.
But here she was dragging through the rain with me on a half-arsed quest for the perfect home.
I am something of a connoisseur of half-arsed performances and Robinho's - complete with stroppy exit down the tunnel after being substituted - was a peach.
I've seen some half-arsed gongfests in my time but this one made The Celebrity Awards look like the BAFTAS.
While the first album was a gut wrenching whirlwind of angst and rage set to buzz saw guitars and snarls, this one sounds like a half-arsed strumalong around the campfire.
Instead, teams like Newcastle play six half-strength sides in front of frequently half-full, half-interested stadia, often kicking off at times which are inconvenient to the supporters (don't worry, though, television will be fine) to reach the halfway stage of a half-arsed version of the Champions League for much less than half the cash.
But as half-arsed concessions go, bringing back play-offs to the top flight is a start.
I would love to see that before I die"DNA pioneer Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys on what discovery he would most like to see in the next 25 years "We are overpaid, absolutely, but to have your salary publicised, that's just rude" TV presenter Graham Norton "I am not the first president to take up this cause, but I am determined to be the last" Barack Obama on overhauling the US health care system "I would rather see something properly made up and properly acted and properly written than this half-arsed manipulated thing.
The kind of thing football clubs' apathetic promotions staff put on as a half-arsed attempt at half-time entertainment.
The kind of half-arsed awards show where the judges meet to decide who's most worthy of a gong - then give in to a more pressing concern: who's most likely to turn up?
Two-faced politicians, and judges who forget they are supposed to be protecting the rights of decent British people, not half-arsed foreign fanatics.
Labels make it easy for half-arsed hacks like us, though, and we'll stick with what we know - that Mastodon are the best heavy metal band around, and that they play the Ulster Hall, Belfast, on Sunday.
I DISLIKE buying drinks in a busy pub because you stand there like an idiot with a folded tenner poking towards the staff while they choose, through a combination of a half-arsed attempt to estimate the correct pecking order and sheer randomness, who to serve next.
I think the reason why a lot of the other people suffered on the show is that they went into it half-arsed, not thinking about what it might mean to win.