One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used to emphasize something considered bad.‘the idea seems too superstitious by half’
unduly, overly, excessively, exceedingly, inordinately, disproportionately, far too, to too great an degree, to too great an extent, by an excessive amountView synonyms
- ‘Sheila sent me this link months ago, but I've been too scared to post it in case it makes me look… well… too smug by half.’
- ‘New Year resolutions are just too sensible by half.’
- ‘It's too shrewd by half for you to now say no contracts were signed.’
- ‘Unhappily, it only reinforced my prejudices: that travel writers are too smug by half.’
- ‘While the scientific and engineering aspects of this project are undeniably neat, this thing is just a little too Tolkienesque by half.’
- ‘While some reviewers have seen it as a bold attempt by Welsh to move out of the druggy ghetto he has built for himself, others have found it trite, tedious and too long by half.’
- ‘There was one other thing that I just wanted to correct for the record because I think that this was an example of his playing it just a little bit too cute by half.’
- ‘But that's getting too cute by half with the numbers.’
- ‘The problem with stalking is twofold: it is both too conspicuous by half and not conspicuous enough, and in both cases it is not treated with the seriousness it deserves.’
- ‘However, even at 16 times 2005 profits, the valuation still looks too expensive by half, especially for a mature telecom business.’
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