Definition of half-pie in English:

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half-pie

adjective

NZ informal
Imperfect; mediocre: even old Jackson, with his Bible and his half-pie parlour ways, must look half savage
More example sentences
  • Kiwi FM seems like a naive way of wrapping our local musicians in tissue paper and a bad business decision to boot, sinking for many young what was the last post of half-pie decent music on the radio.
  • That was a fine, half-pie, sort of ACT speech from that member, but I take issue with the Minister of Conservation, who accused ACT of subterfuge.
  • A half-pie Americanisation of our judicial system would serve no one in the long term, even though it might seem attractive to particular groups of litigants in the short term.

Origin

Pie perhaps from Maori pai 'good'.

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