from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Imperfectly hatched.


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  • I dreamt I came across some half-hatched ducks in the wild, and as I knelt to photograph them, an alligator appeared to chase me away.

    My June 2010 Dream Tweets

  • It basically sounds like a crazy half-hatched scheme that a group of pissed-up tramps have dreamt up.

    Two Harry Potter Characters To Bite It Soon – JK Rowling

  • This half-hatched chick flick, which was directed in broad, erratic strokes by Anne Fletcher, asks us to accept Jane's solemn dedication to the institution of marriage, even though the early scenes, staged as flat-out farce, show her chasing like a lunatic between two bridesmaid gigs in different parts of town.

    Heigl props up '27 Dresses'

  • From the chicken-coop the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.

    Grandmother's Apron

  • The condition of the first resembled that which the embarrassed curate described as “good in parts”; but “Mickie” was not nice over a half-hatched egg.

    The Confessions of a Beachcomber

  • His half-hatched plan to surprise his captor and overtake him had no chance now.

    The Last Coyote

  • So Superintendent A.E. Snyder, who was in command at White Horse, where the principal leaders of the plot had, unfortunately for themselves, located, discovered the half-hatched conspiracy.

    Policing the Plains Being the Real-Life Record of the Famous North-West Mounted Police

  • Now we're like a lot of half-hatched chickens pecking through the shell.


  • I feel like one of those fool neches sitting in a war council, and handing out wisdom that wouldn't fool a half-hatched skitter.

    The Heart of Unaga

  • Some people, says this story, were going to hold a ward-mote here, or some such thing, and the Government of London, or the Council, or the Commission, or what not other barbarous half-hatched body of fools, fell upon these citizens (as they were then called) with the armed hand.

    News from Nowhere


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