half-arsed

adj
ill-considered, incomplete, ineffectual. An expression which appeared in British and American usage around the turn of the 20th century. The term may origi-nate in the notion of something which has less than a whole solid base or, according to a more fanciful theory, derive from a jocular deformation of 'haphazard'. In modern British speech it is sometimes used as a more vulgar version of half-hearted (its more proba-ble inspiration).
► 'id rather write nothing than something half-arsed. There are far too many half-arsed books in the world.' (Novelist Dan Rhodes, interviewed in the Guardian, 9 April 2003)

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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  • half-arsed — halfˈ arsed or (US) halfˈ assed adjective (vulgar sl) Stupid, useless • • • Main Entry: ↑half …   Useful english dictionary

  • half-arsed — ► ADJECTIVE vulgar slang ▪ incompetent or inadequate …   English terms dictionary

  • half-arsed — British, very informal!, American, very informal! a half arsed attempt to do something lacks energy and enthusiasm. I made a half arsed attempt to write the introduction and then went back to bed …   New idioms dictionary

  • half-arsed — BrE half assed AmE adjective informal 1 doing something without making much effort: He made a half arsed attempt to clean up after the party. 2 completely stupid: What a half assed idea! …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • half-arsed — adjective vulgar slang incompetent; inadequate …   English new terms dictionary

  • half-arsed — Adj. Unenthusiastic, feeble, incomplete …   English slang and colloquialisms

  • half-arsed — UK [ˌhɑːf ˈɑː(r)st] / US [hæfˈɑrst] adjective British impolite done in a careless or lazy way …   English dictionary

  • half-assed — adj ill considered, incomplete, ineffectual. An expression which appeared in British and American usage around the turn of the 20th century. The term may origi nate in the notion of something which has less than a whole solid base or, according… …   Contemporary slang

  • Arse — This is a word that doesn t seem to exist in America. It basically means the same as ass, but is much ruder. It is used in phrases like pain in the arse (a nuisance) or I can t be arsed (I can t be bothered) or you might hear something was a half …   The American's guide to speaking British

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