Definition of half measure in US English:

half measure


usually half measures
  • An action or policy that is not forceful or decisive enough.

    ‘there are no half measures with this company’
    • ‘Are half measures good enough to restore people's confidence in business?’
    • ‘There are those who will find this element of the film more than they can bear, but it's all part of an approach that refuses to hold back or indulge in half measures.’
    • ‘I think she must have been an all out sort of person - no half measures.’
    • ‘I mean, we're dealing with a threat to our very society, and you can't muck around, there can't be half measures.’
    • ‘Now that conflict has come, the only way to limit its duration is to apply decisive force and I assure you this will not be a campaign of half measures and we will accept no outcome but victory.’
    • ‘Let's get it done, but let's do it the right way, not a series of half measures or cosmetic measures or politically correct measures.’
    • ‘I think this is another case of the university recognizing a problem and taking half measures, not really correcting them.’
    • ‘I am going to take up a target 100 per cent and am not going to do this in half measures - I want everyone to claim it.’
    • ‘And I assure you, this will not be a campaign of half measures, and we will accept no outcome but victory.’
    • ‘It is the major strategic route from Harrogate to Leeds and needs more than half measures to resolve the problems that recur here so often.’
    • ‘He showed toughness at the negotiating table, making clear to the State Assembly leadership that he would not accept compromise solutions or half measures.’
    • ‘I don't do it by half measures, whether it is business or my charity work.’
    • ‘With the weekend's stages going through the Pyrenees, the Basques were out in force and weren't doing it in half measures either.’
    • ‘Before quality standards were invented Martin operated his own and his standards were exact with no half measures.’
    • ‘But as I say, the situation doesn't admit of half measures.’
    • ‘No half measures here either; we were led to a grand theatre within the building and one-by-one we watched each other perform our pieces.’
    • ‘He was absolutely right and representative of many Southern military men who understand that war can't be fought by half measures.’
    • ‘Pulling perfect pints has become a pre-occupation of Draught Beer Academy tutors who have not been doing their job by half measures.’
    • ‘The answer we came up with was simple: no half measures.’
    • ‘Are we going to do things by half measures like always?’