Definition of “be half the dancer, writer, etc. you used to be” - English Dictionary

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“be half the dancer, writer, etc. you used to be” in British English

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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.

(Definition of “be half the dancer, writer, etc. you used to be” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)