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[haf-hol-i-dey, hahf-] /ˈhæfˈhɒl ɪˌdeɪ, ˈhɑf-/
a holiday limited to half a working day or half an academic day.
Origin of half-holiday
1545-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • So it was granted them, and no schoolboys ever enjoyed a half-holiday more.

    Campmates Kirk Munroe
  • It is half-holiday, and, as it is wet, Master Fred is lounging about in-doors.

    Child-Land Oscar Pletsch
  • Wednesday of that week was a half-holiday, and a number of the cadets arranged a hill-climbing contest.

    The Putnam Hall Champions Arthur M. Winfield
  • This is half-holiday, and the four children are going to have a merry game in the fields.

    Child-Land Oscar Pletsch
  • It'll be much worse if it's wet to-morrow, for it's your brothers' half-holiday.

    Little Miss Peggy Mrs. Molesworth
  • Evidently none of the other half-holiday makers had returned.

    The Cock-House at Fellsgarth Talbot Baines Reed
  • But really, Nan, it was a very ugly doll; if you wish to dress it again I will find some pieces for you some half-holiday.

  • As it was a half-holiday, I was able to spend several hours with Dick.

    Charley Laurel W. H. G. Kingston
  • Every other one is a half-holiday for those who do not take whole ones.

  • “It is he who has begged us the half-holiday,” whispered the prophet of good to his neighbour.

    Dr. Jolliffe's Boys Lewis Hough

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