without half trying

without half trying

Without expending or displaying much or any effort or difficulty. Without half trying, the circus strongman lifted the entire car up over his head. She's some kind of musical genius, able to compose incredible pieces of music without half trying.
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without half trying

Rur. effortlessly. He was so strong, he could bend an iron bar without half trying. I wish I had his ability to cook. He makes the most delicious dishes without half trying.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Now she's just a story Zeke and I trade back and forth when we're high, as if a woman like her couldn't have had him without half trying, as if it wouldn't have been me they left behind on their way to Mardi Gras.