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    #1

    give half??

    Lily: Okay, let's have a big hand for Robin the reporter. All right, our next guest is another friend...
    Barney: So, Robin, you ever report on train wrecks? 'Cause I just saw one. What up? Tiny five.
    Robin: Ha-ha. Laugh now, those kids are monsters. They're going to eat you alive.
    Lily: He has a job doing... What do you do?
    Barney: Please. Kids, let's rap. You guys don't give half a brown Crayola what I do for a living, do you?
    All: No.
    Barney: No. I know what you want. Magic.

    They are a part of script from "How I met your mother". What does mean "give half?"

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    #2

    Re: give half??

    THANKS. Could you tell me what "give half" means here please?

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    Re: give half??

    Gillnetter has explained - 'they don't give half a brown crayola' means 'they don't care at all', 'they place no value'. It's similar to not giving a damn.

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    #4

    Re: give half??

    So, to clarify, since layla0302 is so insistent on this phrase having a meaning, it JUST DOESN'T unless it's supplied by the context, either explicitly (as here) or by implication.

    You can qive quarter, but that's something else entirely.

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    Re: give half??

    This scene takes place in Lily's kindergarten class. The allusion of the "brown crayon" is to the common expression that one does not give a (crap) about something. You wouldn't say that around children, so Barney improvises.

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