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.
Make a decision that represents a compromise, half a loaf, but goes in the right direction toward the ideal solution.
75 and that is what you would class as half a loaf if you were to buy a normal loaf.
The Democrats settled for half a loaf because they feared that if Schwarzenegger were re-elected, he would have no need to appease them in a new term.
Those who think that getting half a loaf is better than getting nothing may be correct in the case of the starving man.
All considered, you do get less than half a loaf with casualties, and I've got to ask why?
People don't know what to do with stale bread or half a loaf of bread.
If management continues to operate on the theory that half a loaf is better than no loaf at all, it is safe to assume that many aspects of management in this company are half-baked as well.