Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

half-assed (attempt/approach)

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Meaning(s)
1) something done with little care or effort
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    • do a half-assed job at something
  • Analysis
    To do something half-assed it means to do something with very little care or effort, usually completing the bare minimum or doing something in a sloppy or careless way. slang. A half-assed attempt or half-assed approach means to confront a problem or project with little or no care or effort. This expression is extremely informal, even vulgar and should only be used in informal situations.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. The mechanic must have done a pretty half-assed job of fixing my car. It broke down again a week later.
    2. Don't pay any attention to what David was saying. It's just another one of his half-assed ideas for getting rich quick.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. I gave my client a list of exercises to do, but she only made a half-assed attempt at a few of them before just giving up.
    2. The team took such a half-assed approach to planning the project that it's little wonder it turned out as badly as it did.
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