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half-dozen

[half-duhz-uh n, hahf-] /ˈhælfˈdʌz ən, ˈhɑf-/
noun
1.
one half of a dozen; six.
adjective
2.
considering six as a unit; consisting of six.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English
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British Dictionary definitions for halfdozen

half-dozen

determiner
1.
(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
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