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half British & World English

Either of two equal or corresponding parts into which something is or can be divided

half English Thesaurus

half a bar of chocolate

fly half British & World English

Another term for stand-off half.

half-arse British & World English

Do (something) with little effort or care

half back British & World English

A player in a ball game such as soccer, rugby, or field hockey whose position is between the forwards and full backs

half-ball British & World English

A stroke in which the centre of the cue ball is aimed at the edge of the object ball

half bath British & World English

A room in a private home that contains a toilet and washbasin but no bath or shower

half-blue British & World English

A person who has represented Oxford or Cambridge University in a minor sport or as a second choice in any sport

half-boot British & World English

A boot that reaches up to the calf

half-bred British & World English

(Of an animal) having one pure-bred parent

half-butt British & World English

A long billiard cue about 2.4 m (8 feet) in length

half-caf British & World English

Denoting a drink of coffee with regular and decaffeinated coffee mixed in equal parts, so as to make coffee with half the normal level of caffeine

half-cock British & World English

The partly raised position of the cock of a gun

half-deck British & World English

A deck reaching half the length of a ship or boat, fore or aft

half-done British & World English

Unfinished or only partly completed

half-door British & World English

A door of half the usual size, typically covering the bottom half of an opening (e.g., in a stable)

half hour British & World English

A period of thirty minutes

half-inch British & World English

A unit of length half as long as an inch

half-lap British & World English

Another term for lap joint.

half-life British & World English

The time taken for the radioactivity of a specified isotope to fall to half its original value

half mast British & World English

The position of a flag which is being flown some way below the top of its staff as a mark of respect for a person who has died

half-moon British & World English

The phase of the moon when only half its illuminated surface is visible from the earth; the first or last quarter

half-move British & World English

A move made by one player (especially in the context of the analysis of play made by a chess-playing computer program)

half pay British & World English

Half of a person’s normal or previous salary or wages

half-pie British & World English

Imperfect; mediocre

half-pint British & World English

A unit of capacity half as large as a pint

half-size British & World English

Half of the typical or usual size

half-slip British & World English

A petticoat that hangs from the waist

half-term British & World English

A short holiday about halfway through a school term

half-time British & World English

The time at which half of a game or contest is completed, especially when marked by an interval

out-half British & World English

Another term for stand-off half.

wing half British & World English

A half back positioned towards the right or left side of the field

better half British & World English

A person’s wife, husband, or partner

centre half British & World English

Another term for centre back.

half-arsed British & World English

Done with little effort or care; incompetent or inadequate

half-baked British & World English

Not fully thought through; lacking a sound basis

half blood British & World English

The relationship between people having one parent in common

half board British & World English

Provision of bed, breakfast, and one main meal at a hotel or guest house

half-bottle British & World English

A bottle that is half the standard size

half-breed British & World English

A person whose parents are of different races, especially the offspring of an American Indian and a person of white European ancestry

half-caste British & World English

A person whose parents are of different races

half-cocked British & World English

(Of a gun) with the cock partly raised

half-crown British & World English

A former British coin and monetary unit equal to two shillings and sixpence (1212p)

half dollar British & World English

A US or Canadian coin worth fifty cents

half-dozen British & World English

A set or group of six


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