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    Post a good half

    Hello,

    In the text below, what does "a good half" mean?

    He has been advising the White House since the inauguration and was just invited to serve as unpaid chief strategist and spokesman for the Democratic National Committee. Congress is supposed to act as a check on potential abuses by the executive, but a good half of that body has defaulted on its duty. Federal law charges the House Banking Committee with holding oversight hearings on the RTC every six months, and there's a lot at that agency that needs looking into. But the last such hearing took place in February 1993, a year and a half ago.

    The text was take from CORPUS.

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    Re: a good half

    "At least a half", "a little more than a half". Sometimes inaccurately intended to mean "almost a half". If you divide something into two parts (halves), the good half is the bigger one, since the smaller one is less than the full 50%.
    Last edited by abaka; 22-Jan-2009 at 20:20.

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    #3

    Re: a good half

    Direct borrowing of a French idiom? What is that Idiom?

    PS: I recently started learning French.. :D

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    Re: a good half

    Quote Originally Posted by kiranlegend View Post
    Direct borrowing of a French idiom? What is that Idiom?

    PS: I recently started learning French.. :D
    What do you mean? I can't find any reference to French idioms in this thread.

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    Re: a good half

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    What do you mean? I can't find any reference to French idioms in this thread.
    I thought it was irrelevant and removed it just as Kiran was asking. I'm sorry. Une bonne moitie'.

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    #6

    Re: a good half

    Voila, vous avez la réponse.

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    #7

    Re: a good half

    merci anglais pandits.. :)

    Bhai, how did you create that diacritical mark using the normal English keyboard? Also, what is Voila?

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    Re: a good half

    Quote Originally Posted by kiranlegend View Post
    merci anglais pandits.. :)

    Bhai, how did you create that diacritical mark using the normal English keyboard? Also, what is Voila?
    I have a French keyboard, I live in France. 'Voila' means 'there, you see' or literally 'see that'.

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    Re: a good half

    Quote Originally Posted by kiranlegend View Post
    merci anglais pandits.. :)

    Bhai, how did you create that diacritical mark using the normal English keyboard? Also, what is Voila?
    This doesn't work in the forum, but you can do it in Word and then copy it; the accent survives the 'copy':

    Hold down the <control> key and press ' . Nothing seems to happen. But then press the e key. The e that appears has the diacritical mark. You can do the same with various other combinations of keys - I don't have a list, but (in the words of the late great Tony Hart) 'try it yourself and see'.

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