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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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'Calm joy' greeted word of the Armistice in Balfron with outward expressions of jubilation reserved to the schoolchildren who were awarded a half-holiday.
At many other local works the employees did not return after midday and office staff had a half-holiday.
It was instituted in 1916, although on April 30, 1915 a half-holiday was proclaimed when the news of Gallipoli was released.
As the workday shortened, so the work week rearranged, with "Saint Monday" becoming a full workday, and Saturday a half-holiday. Holidays underwent a transformation, from employers' opportunities to lay off workers in slack times, to being regulated by negotiated agreements with trade unions.
The meeting was also attended by a Mr Simpson, the chairman of the Artisans' Half-Holiday Movement, a body striving to convince employers to allow their workers Saturday afternoon off.
Westinghouse was the first major large company owner of the time to grant his workers a half-holiday on Saturdays.
Before long he was selling cartoons to Ally Sloper's Half-Holiday, London Opinion and Pick-Me-Up (which ran his series 'Play Titles Travestied' for eight years), as well as the Pall Mall Gazette, Bystander, Sketch and Passing Show, by now signing his work 'ALFRED LEETE' in two lines with a long tail on the T.
"Weekly half-closing is the term applied to an English and Canadian practice of having a half-holiday in the middle of the week," the paper said.
Some community members championed tourism as an effective alternative economic strategy and fought to eliminate the city's store-hour restrictions, especially the Wednesday half-holiday, because they believed these restrictions limited tourist expenditures.
His current shows include Ally Sloper's Half-Holiday, Beemaster, A Night At The Pantomime and 'Arris's music 'All.
Aided by shorter hours of work, especially the new Saturday half-holiday, rising real wages, and an often dense railway network, the conditions were ripe for the emergence of a dramatic, robust spectator sport.
'See Birmingham by bus - a new way to spend a half-holiday' the advertisements used to say.