not half

not half
not half (slang)
1. Not moderately
2. Not even half
3. Not at all
4. Very much, exceedingly
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Main Entry:half

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not half british spoken phrase
used for emphasizing what you are saying, or for emphasizing that you mean ‘yes’

I never thought we’d win. We weren’t half lucky.

‘Are you keen on motor racing?’ ‘Yeah, not half!’

Thesaurus: ways of saying yessynonym
Main entry: half

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I
1) not nearly

he is not half such a fool as they thought

2) informal not at all

the players are not half bad

II
see half

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not half

He's not half the fool you think he is. = He's not half so foolish as you think he is. [=he is much smarter than you think he is]

an aging baseball player who is not half the hitter he once was [=he is not nearly as good as a hitter as he once was]

— used to emphasize a statement or description

She doesn't half swear! [=she swears a lot]

It's not half cold today! [=it is very cold today]

“Is it cold out?” “Not half!” [=yes, it is very cold]

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Main Entry:half

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ˌnot ˈhalf idiom
(BrE, informal) used to emphasize a statement or an opinion

It wasn't half good

(= it was very good)

.

‘Was she annoyed?’ ‘Not half!’

(= she was extremely annoyed).
Main entry:halfidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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