by halves


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by halves

Half-heartedly or only partially. You kids need to clean your rooms today, and don't do it by halves—I want every last toy picked up!
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by halves

Imperfectly, reluctantly, or half-heartedly, as in You really can't paint a portrait by halves. [Mid-1500s]
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by halves

In a reluctant manner; unenthusiastically.
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