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  • A young orphan boy who lives a sheltered life with his uncle is suddenly thrown into a magical new world where he is the ONLY one who can ultimately defeat the most horrible villain in the land, who was previously half-killed, now has no body, and is trying to regain his power.

    Who (or what) is your Entertainer of the Decade? | EW.com

  • You had them half-killed - 'twasn't your fault they didn't kick the bucket, and you never thought twice about damnation!

    THE NUMBERS

  • Not unlike that gigantic Chinese brigandess who half-killed me on the road to Nanking, but civilised, you understand, and willing to chat afterwards, in a frank, easy way which you'd not have expected from her lofty style and figurehead.

    Watershed

  • Yet she was in good health: a condition of suspense, which would have half-killed a man, had been endured by her without complaint, and even with composure.

    A Changed Man

  • She did not talk at all about her own sufferings at breaking from him, for indeed, this worthy woman, though she was half-killed by the separation from the child, yet thought it was very wicked in her to repine at losing him; but everything concerning him, his virtues, talents, and prospects, she poured out.

    Vanity Fair

  • He sent over preserves and pickles, which latter the young gentleman tried surreptitiously in the sideboard and half-killed himself with eating.

    Vanity Fair

  • Sometimes they conspire to run a man up the huge stair, and bring him, half-killed and fainting, to the top.

    Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo

  • These cells they stuff full of half-dead spiders and caterpillars, which they seem wonderfully to know how to sting to that degree as to leave them paralysed but alive, until their eggs are hatched; and the larvae feed on the horrid mass of powerless, half-killed victims — a sight which has been described by an enthusiastic naturalist18 as curious and pleasing!

    Journal of researches into the geology and natural history of the various countries visited by H.M.S. Beagle

  • He'd have had me half-killed for attacking the steward.

    The Hermit of Eyton Forest

  • Still beneath his sack, his hoarse croak demanded aggrievedly: "Where were you so long, and me half-killed?"

    St. Peter's Fair

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