with half a heart


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with half a heart

With only a little or moderate amount of enthusiasm or interest; in an uninspired manner; halfheartedly. You can't go out and play with half a heart and expect to win. You have to play with everything you've got!
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

half a heart, with

With only moderate enthusiasm, as in After his transfer he worked with half a heart, looking forward to early retirement. [Mid-1800s] For an antonym, see with all one's heart.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

with half a heart

In a halfhearted manner.
See also: half, heart
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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