the half of it

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the half of it

A portion of something, typically implied to be the most important or significant part. (Often used in the negative.) Yes, the company is losing money, but that's only the half of it: if we don't show some improved sales soon, the bank will cut our credit line, too! A: "I heard the meeting went pretty poorly." B: "That isn't the half of it. Now the boss wants to do a full review of my employment, so I might even lose my job!"
See also: half, of

half of it

Only part of something, as in You saw them together, but that's just the half of it; she's moved in with him. This phrase, signifying the most important portion (more than half), is often put negatively as not the half of it, as in You thought they played badly? That's not the half of it, because they've been kicked out of the league . [First half of 1900s]
See also: half, of

the half of it

the most important part or aspect of something. informal
1987 George Turner Sea & Summer Mum…would ask, ‘But is this true?’ and Billy…would tell her that wasn't the half of it.
See also: half, of

the ˈhalf of it

only some of the facts of a particular situation, not all of them: The public knows that he’s had an affair with his secretary, but that’s only the half of it.‘I hear you’ve been having trouble with the new managers.’ ‘You don’t know the half of it, Ray. It’s been an absolute nightmare.’
See also: half, of