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halfway

[haf-wey, hahf-] /ˈhæfˈweɪ, ˈhɑf-/
adverb
1.
to half the distance; to midpoint:
The rope reaches only halfway.
2.
almost; nearly; just about:
He halfway surrendered to their demands.
adjective
3.
midway, as between two places or points.
4.
going to or covering only half or part of the full extent:
halfway measures.
Idioms
5.
meet halfway, to compromise with; give in partially to:
They didn't comply with all our demands, but met us halfway on the more important points.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English half wei. See half, way
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  • Astronomers estimate the merger is now about halfway complete, as the cores of the two galaxies have not yet met.
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  • We could see it nine billion light-years away, more than halfway across the observable universe.
  • It's sort of halfway in between the extreme version of either of those.
  • My cards are neither, empty or full, halfway or not.
  • Bao vanished into the undergrowth, reappearing halfway up a pine tree that was swathed in a large-leafed vine.
  • Fifty-two minutes into the film, a little short of the halfway mark, something happens.
  • She had shown emotion only once, briefly, when he had been halfway out the door.
  • More stately houses are visible halfway up the slope of the western mountain, tucked among pine trees.
British Dictionary definitions for halfway

halfway

/ˌhɑːfˈweɪ/
adverb, adjective
1.
at or to half the distance; at or to the middle
2.
in or of an incomplete manner or nature
3.
meet halfway, to compromise with
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Word Origin and History for halfway

also half-way, Old English healfweg; see half + way. Halfway house originally was a common name for inns midway between cities or stages.

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Idioms and Phrases with halfway

halfway

see: go halfway
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