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bank holiday

a weekday on which banks are closed by law; legal holiday.
British. a secular day on which banks are closed, obligations then falling due being performable on the following secular day.
Origin of bank holiday
First recorded in 1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It's apt to be unpleasant, traveling in the evening on a bank holiday.

    Poor Relations Compton Mackenzie
  • But to-day, of course, is a half-day, because of yesterday's bank holiday.

  • Our bank holiday Saturnalia seem a flicker of those more expensive high-jinks that went out in a snuff of scandal.

    Middlesex A.R. Hope Moncrieff
  • One can stand that sort of thing on a summer bank holiday; one expects it.

    The Big Bow Mystery I. Zangwill
  • It takes even a cageful of monkeys a few days to recover from a bank holiday, and for those few days trade is slack indeed.

  • But to have a bad December bank holiday is too much of a bad thing.

    The Big Bow Mystery I. Zangwill
  • A moonlight walk on a bank holiday, a little maudlin sentiment, and over you throw all your chances in life.

    A Millionaire of Yesterday E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • It was a bank holiday, and I walked pensively about the outskirts of a big town.

    At Large Arthur Christopher Benson
British Dictionary definitions for bank holiday

bank holiday

(in Britain) any of several weekdays on which banks are closed by law and which are observed as national holidays
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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