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Half-assed refers to having a desired goal while consciously choosing not to put in the necessary effort to actually achieve it. Generally, when the effort has been fully expended, whatever progress has been made towards the goal is then considered close enough. This article may be considered half-assed.

In parts of the United Kingdom, the phrase is pronounced "half-arsed" or even "harf-arsed".


  • "Dad, I liked your half-assed under-parenting a heck of a lot more than your half-assed over-parenting." - Bart Simpson
  • "But, I'm using my whole ass." - Homer Simpson

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