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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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Winkle, being fully received into favour by the old gentleman, were shortly afterwards installed in a newly- built house, not half a mile from Mr.
I rather think his appearance there was distasteful to Catherine; she was not artful, never played the coquette, and had evidently an objection to her two friends meeting at all; for when Heathcliff expressed contempt of Linton in his presence, she could not half coincide, as she did in his absence; and when Linton evinced disgust and antipathy to Heathcliff, she dared not treat his sentiments with indifference, as if depreciation of her playmate were of scarcely any consequence to her.
But this I will say, that his fault, the liking to make girls a little in love with him, is not half so dangerous to a wife's happiness as a tendency to fall in love himself, which he has never been addicted to.
'That's for our share of the trouble,' said Sikes; 'and not half enough, neither.
I thieved for you when I was a child not half as old as this!' pointing to Oliver.
It's not half so sensible to leave legacies when one dies as it is to use the money wisely while alive, and enjoy making one's fellow creatures happy with it.
Next came the saddle, but that was not half so bad; my master put it on my back very gently, while old Daniel held my head; he then made the girths fast under my body, patting and talking to me all the time; then I had a few oats, then a little leading about; and this he did every day till I began to look for the oats and the saddle.
Right in front of me, not half a mile away, I beheld the HISPANIOLA under sail.
Not half as distraught as those of us who want to remain.
THE 2016 referendum on staying in or leaving the European Union was to decide just that, not half in, half out, not shake it all about.
For half a baby is not half of a living and growing child.
We will keep working hard until we achieve the Lebanon of your dreams, hence building an actual State, not half the State that exists now," the LF Chief said to his audience of Lebanese expatriates, urging them, once more, to participate in the upcoming elections.

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