half-ass

verb
\ ˈhaf-ˈas How to pronounce half-ass (audio) , ˈhäf-ˈäs \
half-assed; half-assing; half-asses

Definition of half-ass

transitive verb

slang, often vulgar
: to do (something) poorly due to lack of care or effort In moments where you see your son half-assing something, it's important to call him out to ensure he's putting forth his best effort.— Chris Illuminati

First Known Use of half-ass

1954, in the meaning defined above

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“Half-ass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/half-ass. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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