not half bad

(it's) not half bad

(It's) pretty good; (it's) not as unpleasant as one may have originally thought. A: "I know it's your first time trying sushi. How do you like it?" B: "It's not half bad."
See also: bad, half, not

not half bad

Somewhat satisfactory or good, especially compared to initially low expectations. I didn't know what to expect, but these corn dog tacos aren't half bad! A: "How was the concert that Kelly made you go to?" B: "Not half bad, actually. Those guys can actually play."
See also: bad, half, not

(It's) not half bad.

It's not as bad as one might have thought. Mary: How do you like this play? Jane: Not half bad. Jane: Well, how do you like college? Fred: It's not half bad.
See also: bad, half, not

not half ˈbad

(informal) (used to show surprise) not bad at all; good: The food really isn’t half bad, is it?
See also: bad, half, not
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having observed that they were not half bad, and some of my relations having promised to buy the book if it ever came out, I feel I have no right to longer delay its issue.
Hondas are not half bad, particularly the Odyssey, and at least you will shed the "Kenya uniform" blight that afflicts those who shop for Toyotas.
He's not half bad at serious roles either, as we saw in Maigret on Christmas Eve.
THE TOWN WALL Pink Lane, Newcastle, NE1 5HX Tel: 0191 232 3000 Rating: 15/20 What Eddy said: Cheap, cheerful and not half bad - well worth a visit.
com/m/get_santa) Rotten Tomatoes , it's not half bad.
Ditto the actor who does the kitten's very Reeves-like voice in one bizarre hallucination; suffice it to say that, as game imitations go, it's not half bad.
I made a lot of friends and actually was not half bad.
Their album's not half bad either, easily eclipsing that of blues-pop troubadour James Bay, who they relegated to second place in January.
In the 2013 season, which has just ended, Molde finished sixth, not half bad considering they didn't pick up a point from their opening five matches.
For a car with sporting pretensions, the ride is not half bad and the grip and road holding are excellent.
Giving them full credit the results of the recent election in India turned out to be not half bad for Indira Gandhi's party, her grandson and daughter-in-law.
Fifty-six percent isn't the 99 percent we've heard so much about lately, but it's not half bad.
Forbes, however, puts his brand value at a mere $200 million--still not half bad for the reality TV star.
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