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To compromise with someone, often in an argument or disagreement. I'll agree to some of your requests if you'll go halfway and allow me to implement some of my ideas. Hey, buddy, please go halfway and at least try to clean your room once a month, OK? Can we go halfway on this? I'm willing to compromise.
Somewhat good, useful, or enjoyable, but not very; passable. Anyone with a halfway decent phone can access the Internet these days! John: "So, what did you think of the film?" Bill: "Eh, it was halfway decent, I guess."
1. A housing facility that provides treatment and rehabilitation services to people overcoming disabilities or addictions. Once the halfway house helps Mark recover from his heroin addiction, he'll be able to return to his hometown and move forward with his life.
2. A combination of two different things. That restaurant is a halfway house between a burger joint and a sushi bar. Weird, right?
3. The center point of a trip or journey. To prevent us from becoming too tired on the long drive, we decided to stop at a halfway house to get some rest.
meet (one) halfway
To compromise with someone, often in an argument or disagreement. I'll agree to some of your requests if you'll meet me halfway and allow me to implement some of my ideas. Hey, buddy, please meet your mother and I halfway and at least try to clean your room once a month, OK? Can we meet halfway on this? I'm willing to compromise.
meet trouble halfway
To worry, grow anxious, or distress oneself unnecessarily over something that has yet to happen. You can't go through life meeting trouble halfway, or you'll end up paralyzed with indecision and anxiety.
meet someone halfway
Fig. to compromise with someone. No, I won't give in, but I'll meet you halfway. They settled the argument by agreeing to meet each other halfway.
Also, meet someone halfway. Compromise, give up something for the sake of an agreement. For example, The Smiths are willing to go halfway and pay their share for snow-plowing, or I'll make peace with Nancy if she'll just meet me halfway. [Late 1500s]
meet someone halfway
COMMON If you meet someone halfway, you accept some of their opinions or wishes, so that you can come to an agreement with them or have a better relationship with them. Democrats are willing to meet the president halfway on measures to stimulate the economy. Young people need to develop skills at forming relationships with adults by meeting them half-way.
a halfway houseBRITISH
A halfway house is something that has some features of one thing and some of another. A halfway house between the theatre and cinema is possible. The place was a sort of halfway house between a prison and a care home. Note: A halfway house was an inn located halfway between two neighbouring towns or villages and would have been used by coach passengers in former times. The name is still seen on pubs and inns.
a halfway house1 a compromise. 2 the halfway point in a progression. 3 a place where ex-prisoners, mental patients, etc. can stay while they become reaccustomed to normal life.
In the late 18th century, a halfway house was an inn or other establishment halfway between two places or at the midpoint of a journey.
meet someone halfwaymake a compromise with someone.
meet trouble halfwaydistress yourself unnecessarily about what may happen.
a ˌhalfway ˈhouse
1 a place where prisoners, mental patients, etc. can stay for a short time after leaving a prison or hospital, before they start to live on their own again: We’re opening several halfway houses for people who’ve been in this hospital.
2 something that combines the features of two plans, wishes, etc: We really wanted to build a completely new hospital, but we didn’t have the money, so this extension is a kind of halfway house.A halfway house was originally a place such as an inn (= a pub where you can stay the night) that was halfway between two places, or in the middle of a journey.