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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 of half-and-half
1705-1715
1705-15
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Examples from the Web for half-and-half
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  • But an unmitigated nuisance to God and man is a half-and-half church, with piety tepid.

    Around The Tea-Table T. De Witt Talmage
  • Mayhap you think it's you're pint of half-and-half as keeps us all out of the union.

    A Son of Hagar Sir Hall Caine
  • This half-and-half business, the half-and-half manners of this generation, has brought all this upon us.

  • His boat attack had been a half-and-half affair, for all that.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • He paused to lift his pot of half-and-half, and Andrews sipped his whisky and water.

    The Tigress Anne Warner
  • Away with your half-and-half sinners who have some love for virtue!

    Pascal John Tulloch
  • The word-play about her eyes seemed to savour of the "half-and-half."

  • "You're such a half-and-half man," she said with a note of contempt in her voice.

    The Angel of Terror Edgar Wallace
  • Solder is made from 50 per cent tin and 50 per cent lead, this grade being called "half-and-half."

  • By this time the waiter brought Mr. Peacock the half-and-half.

    The Caxtons, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for half-and-half

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-half
n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for half-and-half

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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