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halfway house

an inn or stopping place situated approximately midway between two places on a road.
any place considered as midway in a course.
a residence for former mental patients, convicts, or recovering drug users or alcoholics that serves as a transitional environment between confinement and the return to society.
Origin of halfway house
1685-95 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for halfway house
  • Quanta packets of light are actually a halfway house between the higher and lower worlds.
  • It's a sort of halfway house between captivity and reintroduction.
  • Offenders who might once have been sent to a local jail or a halfway house were now sent to a state prison.
  • Now before red wolves taste freedom, they're given an acclimation period in their own lupine halfway house.
  • What is needed is a way to create the halfway house of partial bankruptcy.
  • Jan was only a few months away from release to a halfway house.
  • Today, there is only one halfway house licensed by the state.
  • halfway house operators are reimbursed based on a daily rate for each inmate.
  • It can range from halfway house placement, long term care, or outpatient therapy.
British Dictionary definitions for halfway house

halfway house

a place to rest midway on a journey
the halfway point in any progression
a centre or hostel designed to facilitate the readjustment to private life of released prisoners, mental patients, etc
(Brit) a compromise: a halfway house between fixed and floating exchange rates
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halfway house in Medicine

halfway house half·way house (hāf'wā')
A rehabilitation facility for individuals, such as mental patients or substance abusers, who no longer require the complete facilities of a hospital or other institution but who are not yet prepared to return to their communities.

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