With him, she was only half-alive; the rest was dormant, deadened.
They don't ever understand, these easy, half-alive, untempted folks!
I saw him from the wing by the side of that girl with her face the colour of mahogany, and her half-alive look.
The unfortunate victims, when you chance to meet them, mostly look but half-alive, and dismally cold.
The noose slipped, and I was dangling in the air in excruciating agony, half-dead and half-alive.
Mrs. Rowan sat by her husband's side, leaning back in her chair, with closed eyes and clasped hands, only half-alive.
I was released on May 30th on a seven days' licence, and in a half-alive state was again carried to a nursing home.
There had been a deluge of sense-impressions in the Dog-shape; there was dull, stiff, half-alive inadequacy to the Man-shape.
Tiyang had leaped to his feet in the dusk, a Ginseng root, half-alive, hanging from one hand and beginning to squirm.
Darkness flooded my soul, and from that moment onward my sensibilities have been but half-alive.
c.1200, from Old English on life "in living." The fuller form on live was still current 17c. Alive and kicking "alert, vigorous," attested from 1859; "The allusion is to a child in the womb after quickening" [Farmer]. Used emphatically, especially with man; e.g.:
[A]bout a thousand gentlemen having bought his almanacks for this year, merely to find what he said against me, at every line they read they would lift up their eyes, and cry out betwixt rage and laughter, "they were sure no man alive ever writ such damned stuff as this." [Jonathan Swift, Bickerstaff's Vindication, 1709]Thus abstracted as an expletive, man alive! (1845).