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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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Price said: "We actually played some reasonable football in the first half and it was just that 10 minutes prior to half-time.
Nash Connolly put the visitors ahead on 18 minutes but an Andrew Johnson penalty and a strike from Chris Winn looked to have given Bishops a half-time advantage.
The conditions were really tricky to play in, but we were making it hard for ourselves and it was a change we had to make at half-time.
Stevie Hammell sent Keith Lasley scampering into the box and he was upended by Nesbitt who copped a booking for his clumsy foul Ref Steven Finnie pointed to the spot and Moult sent Cerny the wrong way for his third penalty goal of the season -hardly a tally to merit a half-time roasting by your boss.
He said: "I lost it at half-time, but got the reaction I wanted.
"The manager tweaked a few things at half-time and in the second half I thought we deserved to win the game."
"At half-time we were three goals down to a side who I thought were outstanding," said Bentley.
Half-time shows have drawn more than 100 million television viewers in the United States alone in past years.
A Newcastle statement said: "Newcastle United have just received notification that assistant manager John Carver has been charged with misconduct by the FA in relation to an incident at half-time during Sunday's Barclays Premier League fixture at Wigan.
Things got even better seven minutes before half-time when Robbie Matthews flicked the ball to Foley who smashed the ball home from the corner of the area.
But Rankine, who lifted the visitors after his half-time introduction, ensured Dean Holdsworth's League Two side will be in the hat for round two 12 minutes from time.