(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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MICHELLE Duggan is not half the woman she used to be.
When her memory starts to creep back she realises that in her new life she's not half the woman she was.
She's not half the woman comedian Jo Brand is, so she'd never manage to put a smile on Curly's miserable mug.
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