One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Imperfect; mediocre.‘even old Jackson, with his Bible and his half-pie parlour ways, must look half savage’
run-of-the-mill, ordinary, middle-of-the-road, average, common, commonplace, everyday, workaday, quotidian, pedestrian, suburban, mundane, mediocre, humdrum, prosaic, lacklustre, unexceptional, indifferent, forgettable, unmemorable, uninspired, unimpressive, unexciting, unspectacular, uneventful, unremarkable, inconsequential, unnoticeable, inconspicuous, characterless, featureless, nondescript, plain, simple, fair, not bad, passable, all right, middling, moderateView synonyms
- ‘Kiwi FM seems like a naive way of wrapping our local musicians in tissue paper and a bad business decision to boot, sinking for many young what was the last post of half-pie decent music on the radio.’
- ‘That was a fine, half-pie, sort of ACT speech from that member, but I take issue with the Minister of Conservation, who accused ACT of subterfuge.’
- ‘That is what we should do; there should be none of this half-pie stuff.’
- ‘A half-pie Americanisation of our judicial system would serve no one in the long term, even though it might seem attractive to particular groups of litigants in the short term.’
- ‘I do not want some kind of half-baked, half-pie call that it is good for the country in general, but I ask what it does for single people.’
Pie perhaps from Maori pai ‘good’.
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