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half-assed

(hăf′ăst′, häf′äst′)
adj. Vulgar Slang
1. Not well planned or executed.
2. Incompetent.

half′-assed′ adv.
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half-assed

adj
1. incompetent; inept
2. lacking efficiency or organization
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half′-assed′


Slang: Usu. Vulgar. adj.
1. insufficient or haphazard.
2. incompetent.
adv.
3. in a haphazard or incompetent manner.
[1860–65]
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Translations

half-assed

[ˈhɑːfæst] ADJ (US) [person] → que tiene pocas luces; [idea] → muy poco brillante
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