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[fif-tee-siks] /ˈfɪf tiˈsɪks/
a cardinal number, 50 plus 6.
a symbol for this number, as 56 or LVI.
a set of this many persons or things.
amounting to 56 in number. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The navy lost in this engagement eighteen killed and fifty-six wounded.
  • When he is awake at two in the morning, mulling over the physics of wheel diameter and axle size, he is fifty-six.
  • In a fusillade of nails and other bits of metal two victims were killed and fifty-six wounded.
  • It didn't seem odd that there were fifty-six refugees sharing the house with the family.
  • The book has been translated into fifty-six languages and has sold over twenty million copies.
  • His main interest in us began-actually, he put it down in writing fifty-six, fifty-seven hundred years ago.
  • He was tall and somewhat heavy, and appeared to be about her age-she was fifty-six.
  • Officially it will go into the records as fifty-six consecutive games, the total he reached yesterday.
  • He has followed different pursuits, and is about fifty-six years of age.
  • Beech was fifty-six, the youngest of the three, and with nine years to go he was convinced he would die in prison.
Slang definitions & phrases for fifty-six



The time off that substitutes for the weekends of those who work Saturdays and Sundays

[1950s+ Police; because the time adds up to fifty-six hours]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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