Jefferson may have promoted “all men are created” on paper, but no one is ever going to forget about the half thousand slaves.
Inside, the speeches were almost too clever by half, as if the grand auditions for Oscar voters were in full affect.
But for half the population—Afghanistan's women—that's a truth with modifications.
Obama has had three and a half years to impose Wrightism on the United States and has not done so.
Now there are calls for a more comprehensive plan that pays due attention to the other half of the world.
"Five hundred—d'ye say five" said the postman from the half of his mouth that was clear.
And Clif had no doubt there were half a dozen others following.
"So there is life here, after all," he said, half to himself.
The Spanish sailor, who had only half reached the deck, had fired at him.
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.