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- n. Alternative form of half-measure.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. an imperfect or weak line of action.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An imperfect plan of operation; a measure, plan, effort, etc., inadequate to attain the end desired.
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They went to the livery, where the horse was taken from between the thills and put in a stall and given a half measure of grain.
This representation made Naselli agree to the half measure of laying an embargo on the vessels; among them were a great number of French privateers, some of which were of such force as to threaten the greatest mischief to our commerce, and about seventy sail of vessels belonging to the Ligurian republic, as Genoa was now called, laden with corn, and ready to sail for Genoa and France; where their arrival would have expedited the entrance of more French troops into Italy.