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    What is the meaning of this sentence

    "They each had their own room and all. They were both around seventy years old, or even more than that. They got a bang out of things, though--in a half-assed way, of course."

    What is the meaning of "half-assed" here?

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    Re: What is the meaning of this sentence

    half-assed Definition

    halfˇ-assed (hafast′)
    adjective
    Slang having or showing little thought, care, or foresight: somewhat vulgar
    Hi, I am not a teacher. The above key is from the online dictionary. Hope this helps.

    half-assed - definition of half-assed from YourDictionary.com

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    Re: What is the meaning of this sentence

    "They each had their own room and all. They were both around seventy years old, or even more than that. They got a bang out of things, though--in a half-assed way, of course."

    The writer of these sentences is saying that these old men were living together, doing things together and, in gneral, having a good time.

    But the writer puts a judgment on their activity and says they were living and doing things "half-assed" - not full, not complete, not right, not cool - probably because they were around 70 years old.

    It is the opinion of the writer.


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    Re: What is the meaning of this sentence

    'half-assed' means badly organized or carried out. Doing an activity only partly, or without one's whole self involved; doing something without caring, or without putting anything into it.

    I presume it is a reference to their age - "they got a bang out of things" - they enjoyed themselves in their own way, but this would hardly be the kind of kicking up your heels and letting rip that people in their twenties and thirties would get up to. So, to the writer, what these two older people did for enjoyment seemed half-assed, pretty mild and mundane. A bit like someone going to a rave, and instead of getting up and dancing, they would sit and tap their toe in time to the music, and then say, we had a great time!

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