half the battle

Definition of half the battle

  1. :  an important and necessary part of doing or achieving something When you're opening a new restaurant, good advertising is half the battle. —often used with words like only and just to stress that something is not enough by itself to achieve a desired goal If you want a career in show business, having talent is only half the battle—you also need to be lucky.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  either of two equal parts that compose something

    :  a part approximately equal to one of these

    :  one of a pair: such as

  1. :  being one of two equal parts

    :  that is approximately equal to either of two equal parts that compose something :  amounting to approximately half

    :  falling short of the full or complete thing :  partial

  1. :  in an equal part or degree

    :  not completely :  partially

    :  by any means :  at all

  1. :  battalion

    :  a combat between two persons

    :  a general encounter between armies, ships of war, or aircraft

  1. :  to engage in combat between individuals or armed forces :  to engage in battle :  fight

    :  to contend with full strength, vigor, skill, or resources :  struggle

    :  to fight or struggle against

  1. :  to fortify with battlements

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