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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HALF-DONE

I must choose surer hands—the work must not be half-done, as heretofore.

You have half-done it, but only half, because you have not understood.

We have heaps of business to do in London—heaps—and the book is only half-done.

Irma shuffled over on her crooked high heels and returned with the half-done pajamas.

Nothing ever showed the wisdom of the proverb about half-done work, children and fools, better; and, alas!

The haying on the island was about half-done; there was a short intermission in the work now, but it was to begin again very soon.

They'll have something more substantial for supper, I thought, beginning to crust the top of a black-looking, half-done biscuit.

And is there any sign to-day of full justice ever being done or half-done?

It is better to do a small amount well than to leave much work in a half-done condition.

He had heard that the managers had entered into negotiations with a new engineer, and he wished the man to find no half-done work.

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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