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(Brit) a loaf having a weight, when baked, of 800 g
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  • Part of Jorrocks's half-quartern loaf was bartered with the captain of an East Indiaman for a slice of buffalo-beef.

    Jorrocks' Jaunts and Jollities Robert Smith Surtees
  • Among London thieves and low people generally a deadun is a half-quartern loaf.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
  • Davy Ramsay brought a half-quartern sack to put the treasure in.

    Old and New London Walter Thornbury
  • Oh, sir—but do forgive me for making free to ask such a thing—if you would only let it be a half-quartern loaf instead?

    Johnny Ludlow. First Series Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Bindle with practical samaritanism went into the parlour and returned with a half-quartern bottle.

    Adventures of Bindle Herbert George Jenkins
  • Students of the half-quartern household loaf will appreciate the niceties involved.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost William Frend De Morgan

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