half the time

half the time

Sometimes; occasionally. Paul doesn't show up for his appointments half the time, so I'm not surprised he isn't here.
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half the time

sometimes. I like that TV show, but half the time I forget to watch it when it's on. She says she's my friend, but she can't remember my name, half the time.
See also: half, time
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

ˈhalf the time

(informal) most of the time: Do tell me whether you are coming home for lunch or not. I don’t know where you are half the time.
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Every one worked half the time and played half the time, and the people enjoyed the work as much as they did the play, because it is good to be occupied and to have something to do.
I recollected the tale of a fairy, who half the time was a beautiful woman and half the time a hideous monster.
Lady Middleton had the advantage of being able to spoil her children all the year round, while Sir John's independent employments were in existence only half the time. Continual engagements at home and abroad, however, supplied all the deficiencies of nature and education; supported the good spirits of Sir John, and gave exercise to the good breeding of his wife.
Half the time, though, I'd forget, I'd be in such a hurry to get into bed nice and quiet and imagine things."
"Tom, you pitch around and talk in your sleep so much that you keep me awake half the time."
There ain't been as much marrying as there used to be, and half the time they just sneak off to the minister, as if they were ashamed of it, and get married without any wedding or supper.
But imagine me living alone without him, alone, and that will be...I see by everything that it will often be repeated, that he will be half the time away from home," she said, getting up and sitting down close by Dolly.
It tickled Marco to the marrow to hear about such an odd character; but it also prepared him for acci- dents; and in my experience when you travel with a king who is letting on to be something else and can't remember it more than about half the time, you can't take too many precautions.
They topple over half the time and if we come up or down the stairs in the dark we fall over them.
He was a man of somewhat insignificant presence, but he had keen gray eyes, half the time concealed under thick eyebrows, and flashing out upon you now and then at least expected moments.
But asked if she was an inspiration, she said: "I am 23, I don't know what I am doing half the time, I don't know what I am talking about half the time.
Professor Richard Grayson, from Goldsmiths, said: "Soldiers were away from the front just over half the time, and four out of five of the days of the war when they were overseas they didn't come under fire, so even a lot of their time at the front is quite quiet."
FAMILY court care proceedings are taking half the time they used to according to Welsh Government figures.
Poor old Tom McGuirk looks like a rabbit caught in the headlights half the time as he's barked down by the big boys.
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