Definition of not half in US English:

not half

phrase

informal
  • 1Not at all; in no way.

    ‘the players are not half bad’
    • ‘The fiction's not half bad, but it's the non-fiction that stands out.’
    • ‘(I am not half bad on wireline technology either, but my focus has been more on wireless).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This season a re-make of ‘The Night Stalker’ has begun to air on Thursday nights 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.’
    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 extent
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  • 2British 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.’
    really, certainly, definitely, decidedly, assuredly, surely, very much, to a great extent, to a considerable extent, for sure, indeed
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