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English definition of “be half the dancer, writer, etc. you used to be”

be half the dancer, writer, etc. you used to be

to be much less good at doing something than you used to be: She's half the tennis player she used to be.Deteriorating and making worse
(Definition of be half the dancer, writer, etc. you used to be from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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