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1Not nearly:‘he is not half such a fool as they thought’
- ‘I was a bit nervous but not half as bad as when I was waiting to go in to bat.’
- ‘Also, I'm sure you're not half as closed off as Jesse is, and even if you are, at least you're aware enough to know about it, which is something Jesse really needs to work on.’
- ‘Alas poor Peter, Prince of Darkness, not half as good as you thought you were, not half as bad as most people thought you were, you had to go.’
- ‘While certainly not half as funny as their films, Pootie Tang bounces from scene to scene with the attempt to make the viewer laugh at any cost.’
- ‘But the situation was not half as bad as it could have been.’
- ‘I, on the other hand, was not half as comely as they, and definitely not an object of his desire, so I could hold his gaze for as long as I wanted.’
- ‘And I said, knowing it was a ‘go’ almost, ‘That's not half as bad, Mr Greene, as losing your biographer.’’
- ‘I'm pretty sure they're not half as stressed out and burned out as most of the rest of us.’
- ‘Girlie, she's not half as bad as you were in freshman year.’
- ‘When we moved to South Africa in 1984 we were extremely culture-shocked by materialism here - and it's not half as bad as elsewhere!’
2informal Not at all:‘the players are not half bad’
not at all, not a bit, not in any way, by no means, absolutely not, most certainly not, not for a moment, not nearly, not the slightest bit, to no extentView synonyms
- ‘(I am not half bad on wireline technology either, but my focus has been more on wireless).’
- ‘And although I'd deny it if ever asked, being in the spotlight for something other than being the worst player on the ball team was not half bad.’
- ‘The fiction's not half bad, but it's the non-fiction that stands out.’
- ‘We're talking massively complicated stuff that I wouldn't even fathom creating myself, and I'm not half bad with this stuff.’
- ‘You know, as a sampler of stuff, that's not half bad.’
- ‘This season a re-make of ‘The Night Stalker’ has begun to air on Thursday nights and it's not half bad.’
- ‘Still, he's made sure hardcore TT fans will turn out by co-writing a couple of songs with Gary Barlow - they're not up to Take That standards, but they're not half bad.’
- ‘Last night's debate was not half bad for an idiot, but how can people even THINK to vote for him after seeing the first one.’
- ‘Instead of Philosopher's Stone's mindless parade of the book's high spots, there's an actual story here and it's not half bad.’
- ‘Then we went to the pub, caught public transport home, slept for a couple of hours and went to our validictory dinner which was good, bit teary, but not half bad.’
3British informal To an extreme degree; very much so:‘she didn't half flare up!’
- ‘Anyway, it didn't half give me backache, pulling it.’
- ‘Well, it's got to be said that while judging the Interactive BAFTAs was fabulously fulfilling experience, I'm not half glad it's over.’
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