not half bad

(it's) not half bad

(It's) pretty good; (it's) not as unpleasant as one may have originally thought. A: "I know it's your first time trying sushi. How do you like it?" B: "It's not half bad."
See also: bad, half, not

not half bad

Somewhat satisfactory or good, especially compared to initially low expectations. I didn't know what to expect, but these corn dog tacos aren't half bad! A: "How was the concert that Kelly made you go to?" B: "Not half bad, actually. Those guys can actually play."
See also: bad, half, not

(It's) not half bad.

It's not as bad as one might have thought. Mary: How do you like this play? Jane: Not half bad. Jane: Well, how do you like college? Fred: It's not half bad.
See also: bad, half, not

not half ˈbad

(informal) (used to show surprise) not bad at all; good: The food really isn’t half bad, is it?
See also: bad, half, not
References in classic literature ?
having observed that they were not half bad, and some of my relations having promised to buy the book if it ever came out, I feel I have no right to longer delay its issue.
I might not have discovered anyone new but I've been reintroduced to my old self - and it turns out she's not half bad (even if she is a bit cringey).
While passive isolation isn't great, it is not half bad either.
These systems may or may not be prone to failure but they are expensive and difficult to replace.However, an E46 is not half bad.
And the food is not half bad. Pub Spy enjoyed the Kirkstyle Pie with beef and chunky veg.
THE TOWN WALL Pink Lane, Newcastle, NE1 5HX Tel: 0191 232 3000 Rating: 15/20 What Eddy said: Cheap, cheerful and not half bad - well worth a visit.
According to (https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/get_santa) Rotten Tomatoes , it's not half bad. The Christmas flick follows Santa as he crashes, loses his reindeer and accidentally gets arrested.
THIS is what PS8,000 could buy you in the South Wales Valleys - and it's not half bad!
Ditto the actor who does the kitten's very Reeves-like voice in one bizarre hallucination; suffice it to say that, as game imitations go, it's not half bad. "Keanu," alas, is another story.
I made a lot of friends and actually was not half bad. I managed to make it to the youth team of Genclerbirliy-i, which used to be a second division team -- I think they call it the PTT Birinci Lig these days.
Their album's not half bad either, easily eclipsing that of blues-pop troubadour James Bay, who they relegated to second place in January.
In the 2013 season, which has just ended, Molde finished sixth, not half bad considering they didn't pick up a point from their opening five matches.
For a car with sporting pretensions the ride is not half bad and the grip and road holding are excellent.
Giving them full credit the results of the recent election in India turned out to be not half bad for Indira Gandhi's party, her grandson and daughter-in-law.
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