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for To meet half way
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Meet \Meet\ (m[=e]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Met (m[e^]t); p. pr.
& vb. n. Meeting.] [OE. meten, AS. m[=e]tan, fr. m[=o]t,
gem[=o]t, a meeting; akin to OS. m[=o]tian to meet, Icel.
maeta, Goth. gam[=o]tjan. See Moot, v. t.]
1. To join, or come in contact with; esp., to come in contact
with by approach from an opposite direction; to come upon
or against, front to front, as distinguished from contact
by following and overtaking.
2. To come in collision with; to confront in conflict; to
encounter hostilely; as, they met the enemy and defeated
them; the ship met opposing winds and currents.
3. To come into the presence of without contact; to come
close to; to intercept; to come within the perception,
influence, or recognition of; as, to meet a train at a
junction; to meet carriages or persons in the street; to
meet friends at a party; sweet sounds met the ear.
His daughter came out to meet him. --Judg. xi.
4. To perceive; to come to a knowledge of; to have personal
acquaintance with; to experience; to suffer; as, the eye
met a horrid sight; he met his fate.
Of vice or virtue, whether blest or curst,
Which meets contempt, or which compassion first.
5. To come up to; to be even with; to equal; to match; to
satisfy; to ansver; as, to meet one's expectations; the
supply meets the demand.
To meet half way, literally, to go half the distance
between in order to meet (one); hence, figuratively, to
yield or concede half of the difference in order to effect
a compromise or reconciliation with.
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