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Hi,

I know the idiom 'not do things by halves', but I was wondering if I could use it without 'not' to express the opposite.

"She used to be a really good student, but now she's doing everything by halves." What I mean is that she only works on her assignments superficially, and she doesn't go in enough depth.

Thank you.

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It's not a commonly used idiom, but I've seen it used. In the sort of example you create, I think it is perfectly understandable.

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I've never heard someones say this.

Broadly speaking, my advice is that it's better not to tamper with idioms.

Clive

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What would you use instead then?

What about ‘cut corners’?

Does anything else come to mind?

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eg "She used to be a really good student, but now she's not really doing her best.

eg "She used to be a really good student, but now she's not really trying."

I meant something along the lines of ‘cutting corners’.

I meant something along the lines of ‘cutting corners’.

That's OK. But don't say it frequently.

Clive

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