Inside, the speeches were almost too clever by half, as if the grand auditions for Oscar voters were in full affect.
She must be beautiful and attractive for her partner and bring home at least half of the family income.
Obama has had three and a half years to impose Wrightism on the United States and has not done so.
That is among a civilian population of roughly 1.8 million, half of whom are children and teenagers.
King retained some hope as he watched a half dozen waverers hanging back from voting.
"Five hundred—d'ye say five" said the postman from the half of his mouth that was clear.
The ball of red fire in the west was half below the rim of the distant peak.
"So there is life here, after all," he said, half to himself.
They're really one and a half sizes too small, and almost kill me.
The folding doors that led into the library were half closed.
Old English half, halb (Mercian), healf (W. Saxon) "side, part," not necessarily of equal division (original sense preserved in behalf), noun, adjective, and adverb all in Old English, from Proto-Germanic *khalbas "something divided" (cf. Old Saxon halba, Old Norse halfr, Old Frisian, Middle Dutch half, German halb, Gothic halbs "half"), perhaps from PIE (s)kel- "to cut."
Used also in Old English phrases as in modern German, to mean "one half unit less than," e.g. þridda healf "two and a half," literally "half third." The construction in two and a half, etc., is first recorded c.1200. Of time, in half past ten, etc., first attested 1750; in Scottish, the half often is prefixed to the following hour, as in German (e.g. halb elf "ten thirty"). To go off half-cocked "speak or act too hastily" (1833) is in allusion to firearms going off prematurely.