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half pay

noun
1.
half one's regular pay.
2.
a reduced amount paid to a British army or navy officer when not in actual service or after retirement.
Origin of half pay
1655-1665
1655-65
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  • The half pay allowance gives, according to reports, $1800 per year.

  • Can they not be placed in the regiments, or retire on half pay?

  • On 30th November paid off, put on half pay, and resided mainly at Burnham Thorpe while on shore.

    Drake, Nelson and Napoleon Walter Runciman
  • The companies are one-half of them bankrupt, and the other half pay no dividends.

    The Vicar's People George Manville Fenn
  • A graduated pension for retired officers; but the term is nearly synonymous with half pay.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • He might have been a civil engineer, or some scientist, or yet an officer on half pay.

    Felix O'Day F. Hopkinson Smith
  • His wound was of that severe description that he was obliged to quit the service, and, for a time, retire upon his half pay.

    Newton Forster Captain Frederick Marryat
  • Had it not been for his dress, he might have passed for an English curate on half pay.

    Tom Grogan F. Hopkinson Smith
  • What he earned did not more than half pay the bills in the end, though we were living very humbly now.

    The Promised Land Mary Antin
  • That mode of settling your long and heavy accounts will not half pay the debt.

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