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also haaf, Baltic lagoon, separated from open sea by a sandbar, German, from Middle Low German haf "sea," related to Old Norse, Swedish haf "the sea, especially "the high sea," Danish hav, Old Frisian hef, Old English hæf "sea," perhaps literally "the rising one," and related to the root of heave.

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  • Took a run over to Berlin; had two hours and a haff in that city, and I dunno as I keered about making a more pro-tracted visit.

  • "If I haff not killed you, you hear me," the voice chuckled.

    Invasion William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • And now I haff destroyed your phones so you can no longer chat with them.

    Invasion William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • Everybody was now half and half, or, as Tudie vividly spoke it, "haff and hahf."

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • Massa Preston put de chile ober 'em, an' gib him a haff ob all he make, an' he'm doin' a heap dar, massa.'

  • For you, personally, I haff no great objection, except that you are an Englishman.

    On the Road to Bagdad F. S. Brereton
  • He vas yoost der man I haff pen vantin' to meed, vor a long vile.

    Fritz to the Front Edward L. Wheeler
  • But you are an obstacle; for years you haff been an obstacle in my path—in the path of Germany.

    On the Road to Bagdad F. S. Brereton
  • Behind them the haff lay vacant and still as oil in a kitchen basin.

    Joan of the Sword Hand S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett
  • He haff brand with the dissolving paint three million feets.

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