half a loaf is better than none

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Half a loaf is better than none definition


Something is better than nothing at all.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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half a loaf is better than none

Something is better than nothing, even if it is less than one wanted. For example, He had asked for a new trumpet but got a used oneoh well, half a loaf is better than none. This expression, often shortened, was already a proverb in 1546, where it was explicitly put: "For better is half a loaf than no bread."

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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