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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Yes, it is forty miles to Brookings' halfway house, as we had guessed.

    In the Oregon Country George Palmer Putnam
  • From the halfway house to the Springs there were settlers and less danger.

    The Eagle's Heart Hamlin Garland
  • To the Socialist, democracy is only the halfway house on the road to the economic paradise.

  • The “Chequers” at Horley is not quite half way to Brighton, but in default of another it is the halfway house.

    The Brighton Road Charles G. Harper
  • Can there be any halfway house between something and nothing?

    The Breath of Life John Burroughs
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.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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