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To divide one item (typically food) to two roughly equal portions, for sharing. Commonly a sign of both affection and cheapness.

The truly unique aspect of this is that the item is brought already divided, and each gets a little extra bakshish in the bargain. This in fact makes One-by-two a noun in certain contexts.

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Boss, can you one-by-two the samosa?
Added 2011-06-28 by Studmuffin

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One by two is not effectively explained in a samosa situation. It's most useful when you one by two a soup. That's when the true cheapness comes through as there is a likelihood that there is a decent pour in 2 bowls and you get a little extra in the bargain.

Usage

And we will get the sweetcorn soup one by two.
Added 2011-08-09 by Allakkai

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A corollary is "two by four" or even "two by three". Funny situtation - Three guys go to a chinese fast food joint and order "two by three" manchow soup. Suddenly one of them says to the server - "two by four kar dena". His friend asks "Whos the fourth one"? To which the guy says "Abey, theres no difference in 2 by 4 and 2 by 3. We will get extra soup. If you dont want, I will drink that. The third guy says "Chindi saala"

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A request to a waiter or bearer to divide one cup of tea or coffee into two glasses, usually by students or people who cannot afford one cup each.

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dai, one by two coffee!
Added 2011-07-03 by porkipaya