and a half

and a half

An informal intensifier used when something is more or worse than its normal state. This phrase is typically added after the noun it emphasizes, i.e. "a problem and a half." My little daughter is a handful and a half now that she's walking. You've got a problem and a half with your engine, and I don't think I can fix it.
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a — and a half

a particular person or thing considered as an impressive example of the kind specified. informal
1998 Sarah Waters Tipping the Velvet The daughter must be a beauty and a half…if the mother is so eager to keep her safe and close, away from young men's eyes.
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and a ˈhalf

(informal) bigger, better, more important, etc. than usual: That was a meal and a half. I haven’t eaten so well for months.
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and a half

n. someone or something greater, more severe, or more intense than normal. This computer problem is a mess and a half!
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And by the end of the May, they were more or so around .500 and 5 and a half games following Seattle Mariners for the number two wild card spot.
Silver Lure head the pack with 26 points, just two and a half points off Corinthians, with Peever B back in third on 21.
I went to the inauguration ceremony and stood out in the cold for like an hour and a half. On the good side I got to see Marky Ramone, as well as Joey's mother.
"We spent about two and a half hours with each machine manufacturer," says May.
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