half the battle

half the battle

A key part of a larger goal or task. Digging the car out of the driveway will be half the battle of getting out to the store.
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half the battle

Fig. a significant part of an effort. Getting through traffic to the airport was half the battle. The flight was nothing at all.
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half the battle

A successful beginning, as in You've got the shopping list done-that's half the battle. This expression is an abbreviation of an 18th-century proverb, "The first blow is half the battle."
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half the battle

an important step towards achieving something.
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half the ˈbattle

(complete, achieve, etc.) the most difficult part of something: If you manage to keep calm when you’re taking your driving test, that’s half the battle.
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half the battle

A very successful start. This expression is part of an older proverb, “The first blow is half the battle,” which dates from the eighteenth century. In Oliver Goldsmith’s comedy, She Stoops to Conquer (1773), two men wish to make a good impression on their host’s daughter. One says, “I have been thinking, George, of changing our travelling dresses,” and the other replies, “You’re right: the first blow is half the battle. I intend opening the campaign with the white and gold [waistcoat].” During the nineteenth century the first half of the expression was dropped, and with overuse the term became a cliché.
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I think you will prosper, for the sincere wish to be good is half the battle. Now I must go back to Beth.
In some cases they're half the battle, and it's always pleasant to feel that, if the worst comes to the worst, you needn't necessarily be convicted under your own name.
Au contraire, if we can manage to stow ourselves away unbeknownst, half the battle will be won.
It is half the battle. At all events, the young man thinks so, and it generally takes him a couple of hours to get himself up for the occasion.
"No, he was n't; but he tried to be, and mother says that is half the battle. We used to get tired of trying; but we kept making resolutions, and working hard to keep 'em.
He had made himself believe that he was going to get well, which was really more than half the battle, if he had been aware of it.
Yet man will never be perfect until he learns to create and destroy; he does know how to destroy, and that is half the battle."
I'm looking forward to working with him and that's half the battle to have a manager like that.
Summary: Cape Town [South Africa], Aug 23 (ANI): Former South Africa all-rounder Lance Klusener, who will be the assistant batting coach for India tour, said that bringing back the passion in players to play for the country is half the battle for the Proteas' revival.
'Journalists should understand technical and legal terms related to the environment so they can make effective reports.' He added that an honestly reported incident, relevant to the field of environment, is akin to more than half the battle being won.
That is the half the battle. You have to sign lads who are hungry, who want to do well."
"I've not seen him being unsettled, he's a sensible kid - that's half the battle."
"Being happy out on that pitch is half the battle."
However, half the battle might have been won in the draw, with Droopys Polly being allocated the red vest.