half a loaf is better than no bread

1546 J. HEYWOOD Dialogue of Proverbs I. xi. D4v Throwe no gyft agayne at the giuers head, For better is halfe a lofe then no bread.

1636 W. CAMDEN Remains concerning Britain (ed. 5) 297 Halfe a loafe is better than no bread at all.

1681 A. BEHN Rover II. II. ii. You know the Proverb of the half Loaf, Ariadne, a Husband that will deal thee some Love is better than one who can give thee none.

1841 DICKENS Old Curiosity Shop I. xxxiii. ‘Mr. Swiveller,’ said Quilp, ‘being pretty well accustomed to the agricultural pursuits of sowing wild oats, Miss Sally, prudently considers that half a loaf is better than no bread.’

1979 Guardian 6 Aug. 10 Half a loaf is better than no bread at all. The ending of half a war is immensely better than no truce at all.

2002 A. MCNEILLIE ‘Half a Loaf’ in Times Literary Supplement 12 Apr. 4 Half a loafs better than no bread. A crumb of wisdom finds a world, in a grain of wheat.


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  • half\ a\ loaf\ is\ better\ than\ no\ bread — • half a loaf is better than none • half a loaf is better than no bread proverb Part of what we want or need is better than nothing. Albert wanted two dollars for shoveling snow from the sidewalk but the lady would only give him a dollar. And he… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • half a loaf is better than no bread — ► half a loaf is better than no bread proverb it is better to accept less than one wants or expects than to have nothing at all. Main Entry: ↑loaf …   English terms dictionary

  • half a loaf is better than no bread — It means that getting part of what you want is better than getting nothing at all …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • half a loaf is better than no bread — half a ˌloaf is better than no ˈbread idiom (saying) you should be grateful for sth, even if it is not as good, much, etc. as you really wanted; something is better than nothing Main entry: ↑halfidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • half\ a\ loaf\ is\ better\ than\ none — • half a loaf is better than none • half a loaf is better than no bread proverb Part of what we want or need is better than nothing. Albert wanted two dollars for shoveling snow from the sidewalk but the lady would only give him a dollar. And he… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • half a loaf is better than none — or[half a loaf is better than no bread] Part of what we want or need is better than nothing. A proverb. * /Albert wanted two dollars for shoveling snow from the sidewalk but the lady would only give him a dollar. And he said that half a loaf is… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • half a loaf is better than none — or[half a loaf is better than no bread] Part of what we want or need is better than nothing. A proverb. * /Albert wanted two dollars for shoveling snow from the sidewalk but the lady would only give him a dollar. And he said that half a loaf is… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • half a loaf — less than what is wanted or is right. I didn t get everything I wanted in my contract but decided to accept half a loaf and not fight it. Usage notes: the full form of this idiom is half a loaf is better than none getting less than what you… …   New idioms dictionary

  • something is better than nothing — Similar in sentiment to half a loaf is better than no bread. Cf. early 15th cent. Fr. mieulx vault aucun bien que neant, something is better than nothing. 1546 J. HEYWOOD Dialogue of Proverbs I. ix. D1 And by this prouerbe appereth this o [one]… …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • loaf — Ⅰ. loaf [1] ► NOUN (pl. loaves) ▪ a quantity of bread that is shaped and baked in one piece. ● half a loaf is better than no bread Cf. ↑half a loaf is better than no bread ● use one s loaf Cf. ↑ …   English terms dictionary

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