half a loaf

half a loaf

Less than what is desired. This is the abbreviated version of the phrase "half a loaf is better than none." I know they're offering you less money than you'd hoped for, but it's a good job, so I think you should accept half a loaf.
See also: half, loaf

half a loaf

not as much as you want but better than nothing.
This phrase alludes to the proverb half a loaf is better than no bread , which has been in use since the mid 16th century.
See also: half, loaf
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The purpose of bread is to provide food, and half a loaf is still food.
Jeanette Mosley The cheapest I've seen a GF loaf is PS2.75 and that is what you would class as half a loaf if you were to buy a normal loaf.
Ramadan day 1: Iftar: 1-2 dates to break fasting Salad Platter + 3 spoons of rice or half a loaf of flat bread + 1 grilled chicken quarter Sohour 1 yogurt + 1 lettuce + 1 cucumber + half a bread loaf + cottage cheese or a boiled egg
I know it's wrong but maybe half a loaf is better than none.
Three that serve as well as any right now are: It's always darkest before the dawn; half a loaf is better than none; and give peace a chance.
The other significant reason why both sides ought to be more willing to accept half a loaf of peace is that they are beginning to realize there may not be any loaves left in the cupboard.
Those who think that getting half a loaf is better than getting nothing may be correct in the case of the starving man.
Is this on the theory that "half a loaf is better than none?"
She then quotes, disapprovingly, La Follette's adage that "half a loaf, as a rule, dulls the appetite and destroys the keenness of interest in attaining the full loaf."