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half-and-half

[haf-uh n-haf, hahf-uh n-hahf] /ˈhæf ənˈhæf, ˈhɑf ənˈhɑf/
noun
1.
a mixture of two things, especially in equal or nearly equal proportions.
2.
milk and light cream combined in equal parts, especially for table use.
3.
Chiefly British. a mixture of two malt liquors, especially porter and ale.
adjective
4.
half one thing and half another.
adverb
5.
in two equal parts.
Origin
1705-1715
1705-15
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British Dictionary definitions for half and halves

half-and-half

noun
1.
a mixture of half one thing and half another thing
2.
a drink consisting of equal parts of beer and stout, or equal parts of bitter and mild
adjective
3.
of half one thing and half another thing
adverb
4.
in two equal parts
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Word Origin and History for half and halves

half-and-half

n.

1756 as "ale and porter;" as a mixture of milk and cream, by 1946.

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Slang definitions & phrases for half and halves

half-and-half

noun

Fellatio plus copulation (1960s+ Prostitutes)


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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