the half of it

Definition of the half of it

informal
used to say that a situation is even worse than one would think it is or than it seems to be
  • "It sounds like you've been having some problems." "You don't know the half of it!"
  • Sales are down but that's only the half of it—the company is closing several stores.

Word by Word Definitions

half play
  1. : either of two equal parts that compose something

  2. : half an hour

  3. : one of a pair: such as

  1. : being one of two equal parts

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

  3. : falling short of the full or complete thing : partial

  1. : in an equal part or degree

  2. : not completely : partially

  3. : by any means : at all


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