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Half-baked   /hæf-beɪkt/   Listen

Foolish; totally unsound.  Synonyms: crazy, screwball, softheaded.  "Half-baked ideas" , "A screwball proposal without a prayer of working"
Insufficiently cooked.  Synonym: underdone.

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"Half-baked" Quotes from Famous Books

... stewed umber. But the colours of New York are exactly in that key; and might be adumbrated by phrases like raw pink or raw yellow. It is really in a sense like something uncooked; or something which the satiric would call half-baked. And yet the effect is not only beautiful, it is even delicate. I had no name for this nuance; until I saw that somebody had written of 'the pastel-tinted towers of New York'; and I knew that the name had ...
— What I Saw in America • G. K. Chesterton

... creature to ashes, you utterly destroy the witch and thereby save the whole of the rest of the flock or herd from her abominable machinations; whereas if you only partially burn the animal, allowing some parts of it to escape the flames, the witch is only half-baked, and her power for mischief may be hardly, if at all, impaired by the grilling. We can now see that in such matters half-measures are useless. To kill the animal first and burn it afterwards is a weak compromise, dictated no doubt by a well-meant but utterly mistaken kindness; it is like shutting ...
— Balder The Beautiful, Vol. I. • Sir James George Frazer

Words linked to "Half-baked" :   colloquialism, raw, softheaded, underdone, crazy, impractical

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