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- Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: Partially cooked by heating in an oven.
- When the casserole is half-baked, take it out and sprinkle the grated cheese on top.
- (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.
- 1959, Anthony Burgess, Beds in the East (The Malayan Trilogy), published 1972, page 592:
- "You're cheap. Cheap education, cheap ideas, a half-baked bloody nobody."
- 1960, P[elham] G[renville] Wodehouse, chapter XVII, in Jeeves in the Offing, London: Herbert Jenkins, OCLC 1227855:
- 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.