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HALF. One equal part of a thing divided into two parts, either in fact or in contemplation. A moiety. This word is used in composition; as, half cent, half dime, &c.

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While the moment garnered plenty of media attention, Samantha wouldn't reveal details about the message she sent to her half-sister. "I wanted to express the feelings of my father and myself in the letter.
Meanwhile, half-sisters KC and Garie are in full force in their support for Skarne's latest quest, as they took to her Instagram post and cheered her on.
Fleeting Freedom Second foal; half-sister to 1m 2yo winner Fleeting Motion (RPR 85) with well-bred dam a 1m4f winner (94); one to watch in the betting but trainer has modest strike-rate with 2yos first time out in recent years.
The 31-year-old alleges she was forced to agree to this in order to pay off a debt to her half-sister.
But a trawl of the internet led her to a family tree - and an incredible EIGHT new half-sisters.
After two months communicating with Joan via e-mail, Angela found details on her half-sister Margaret, aged 62, and discovered she also had two other cousins, two aunts and three uncles that she never knew existed.
A different storm that cannot be circumnavigated envelops three half-sisters living with their exiled father, Tiagin, and his second wife, Liubov Ivanovna, in Paris between the wars.
Ms Booth said she had already "blurted it out" to her younger sister Emma and half-sister Lyndsey.
"I think a lot of people will see it for what it is and that is a jealous half-sister trying to cash in on the fact that her sister has married into royalty.
b c King's Theatre - Ravello 68 b c King's Theatre - Ravello Bay; son of a Listed-placed hurdler, who is a half-sister to the Grade 2-winning hurdler Marello.
A half-sister to several winners and from the family of Irish Derby winner Shareef Dancer, she will carry the Maktoum al Maktoum silks.
Rasmussen, a movie firearms expert, also said that he's sick of hearing Samantha say that she helped her half-sister in any way when she was still a child.