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English definition of “not do things by halves”

not do things by halves

If someone does not do things by halves , they put a lot of effort and enthusiasm into doing things, often more than is necessary : "I didn't realize you were decorating the whole house ." "Oh, we don't do things by halves round here."Trying and making an effortEffort and expending energy Grammar:Half as a nounGrammar:Half as an adjectiveGrammar:HalfA half is one of two equal parts of something:Grammar:Half in noun phrasesWe can use half and half of before nouns with the definite article (the), possessives (my, your) and demonstratives (this, that):Grammar:Half as an adverbWe can use half as an adverb which means ‘not completely’, ‘partly’:
(Definition of not do things by halves from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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