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half dollar

a silver or cupronickel coin of the U.S., equal to 50 cents.
a silver or nickel coin of Canada, equal to 50 cents.
Origin of half dollar
1755-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • You pull a half-dollar piece out of your pocket, and the difficulty is surmounted.

  • But Charlie never got that half-dollar, and I do not think such a chatterbox deserved it.

    Golden Moments Anonymous
  • "I'll bet a half-dollar I see into der whole pizness now," he muttered, with a chuckle.

    Fritz to the Front Edward L. Wheeler
  • They might have found a shilling or a half-dollar, but we didn't try them.

    A Jolly Fellowship Frank R. Stockton
  • A half-dollar was the smallest coin that could be tendered for any service.

    An English Grammar W. M. Baskervill and J. W. Sewell
  • He drew a half-dollar from his own pocket and flung it down on the table.

    A Son of the City Herman Gastrell Seely
  • I drank the half-dollar up in quick time, for with the Bowery element it's divy even with drinks.

    Dave Ranney Dave Ranney
  • Yes; and I wish that she would shake out the half-dollar she promised me.

    Punch and Judy Willliam J. Judd
  • The old fellow picked up the half-dollar piece, and hobbling away, soon disappeared into the shadow.

    An Oregon Girl Alfred Ernest Rice
  • He said there should be an increase of a half-dollar a day, or there would be a strike.

    Carnac's Folly, Complete Gilbert Parker
British Dictionary definitions for half-dollar


(in the US) a 50-cent piece
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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