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half-hearted

Done without much thought or effort. The teacher knew you made a half-hearted attempt to write your paper, and that's why she gave you a D.
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"And if you approach the Championship sort of half hearted and not really showing the energy or the desire to make a fist of it, no matter what a good player you think you are you're not going to be able to achieve anything in the Championship.
He alleged that half hearted attempts were being taken by the authorities.
HAFIZABAD -- The encroachments are being multiplied in the city causing a lot of hardship and inconvenience to the padstrians not to speak of motorists, despite half hearted antiencroachments campaign launched by the TMA.
There was a chap on the radio this morning giving some half hearted reason, telling the listeners that there are cells of people around Wales waiting to spring into action.
"It is difficult to get people to change their habits especially if the Government are only half hearted in it," he said.