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[half-duhz-uh n, hahf-] /ˈhælfˈdʌz ən, ˈhɑf-/
one half of a dozen; six.
considering six as a unit; consisting of six.
Origin of half-dozen
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He prefers combining a half-dozen kinds in pots, blending tone-on-tone patterns reminiscent of brocades.
  • There are a half-dozen booths painted stark white and eight tables with straight-back chairs.
  • We do know that four or five automobiles have been struck by meteorites in the last half-dozen years.
  • Any half-dozen of them would have engraved their author's name in history.
  • Warner, among a half-dozen or so other operators, stepped into this breach and brought some degree of order to the chaos.
  • And maybe-be sure to check the sell-by date-a half-dozen eggs, the large size, not the extra large.
  • During the summer, admissions-staff members might find themselves conducting a half-dozen interviews per day.
  • He has found a half-dozen other diseases that behave similarly.
  • The half-dozen controls, by contrast, showed no improvement-and in some cases may even have become a bit slower.
  • There is thus a lot to be said for getting to know the half-dozen potentially lethal species.
British Dictionary definitions for half-dozen


(preceded by a)
  1. six or a group of six: a half-dozen roses
  2. (as pronoun; functioning as singular or plural): at least a half-dozen
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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