half-assed

half-assed
adj
ill-considered, incomplete, ineffectual. An expression which appeared in British and American usage around the turn of the 20th century. The term may origi-nate in the notion of something which has less than a whole solid base or, according to a more fanciful theory, derive from a jocular deformation of 'haphazard'. In modern British speech it is sometimes used as a more vulgar version of half-hearted (its more proba-ble inspiration).
► 'id rather write nothing than something half-arsed. There are far too many half-arsed books in the world.' (Novelist Dan Rhodes, interviewed in the Guardian, 9 April 2003)

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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