half-baked

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half- +‎ baked

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half-baked (comparative more half-baked, superlative most half-baked)

  1. Used other than as an idiom: Partially cooked by heating in an oven.
    When the casserole is half-baked, take it out and sprinkle the grated cheese on top.
  2. (idiomatic, informal, frequently derisive) Incomplete; (of an idea or scheme) not fully planned or carefully considered, ill-conceived, unsound or badly thought-out; (of a person) foolish or having no common sense.
    The guy had some half-baked idea for getting rich in the stock market.
    • 1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter XVII:
      She came skipping to me just now, clapping her little hands and bleating about how very, very happy she was, dear Mrs Travers. The silly young geezer. I nearly conked her one with my trowel. I'd always thought her half-baked, but now I think they didn't even put her in the oven.

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