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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HALF DONE

When they are about half done put the onions and parsley into the pan.

When half done, take them out, drain them, and mince them very fine.

Cut the sweetbreads in pretty thick slices, boil them till about half done, with a little more water than just to cover them.

A goose should be prepared the same as for roasting, placing it on a stand, and taking care to turn it when it is half done.

He devised them—an audacious plan; and his task was only half done.

If the work is half done, it is that we stop, not that He stops.

But this was a slow business and the winding was not half done when the sun set.

When the work was more than half done it would have been madness to hold our hand.

One hill is a good beginning, and half done is pretty nearly all.

I verily believe he would have consented at once—nay, he had half done so, but—'

WORD ORIGIN

past participle of do; from Old English past participle gedon (a vestige of the prefix is in ado). U.S. Southern use of done in phrases like "he done gone to the store" is attested from 1827, according to OED: "a perfective auxiliary or with adverbial force in the sense 'already; completely.' " Meaning "finished" is early 15c. Slang done for "doomed" is from 1842.

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