half-expect

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From half- +‎ expect

Verb[edit]

half-expect (third-person singular simple present half-expects, present participle half-expecting, simple past and past participle half-expected)

  1. Almost to expect; to think that something may happen, without being entirely sure.
    - I'm afraid we have no appointments available until next week.
    - Oh, that's all right; I half-expected that.