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half pint

[haf pahynt, hahf for 1; haf pahynt, hahf for 2, 3] /ˈhæf ˈpaɪnt, ˈhɑf for 1; ˈhæf ˌpaɪnt, ˈhɑf for 2, 3/
half of a pint, equal to 8 fluid ounces (1 cup) or 16 tablespoons (0.2 liter).
Informal. a very short person.
Slang. a person of little importance or influence.
Origin of half pint
First recorded in 1605-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Just before sending it to the table add a half pint of hot cream.

    The Century Cook Book Mary Ronald
  • Soak a half box of gelatine in a half pint of cold water, all night.

    Housekeeping in Old Virginia Marion Cabell Tyree
  • Make a cream sauce of two tablespoons of butter blended with as much flour and cooked with one half pint of milk.

  • When the cream is half frozen he adds a half pint of whipped cream.

    The Century Cook Book Mary Ronald
  • When required for use dissolve one ounce gelatine in one half pint boiling water, add one and one half pints syrup.

  • So much for a half pint of brandy prescribed by an able physician.

    Fifteen Years in Hell Luther Benson
  • half pint measure of raw potatoes, cut in small pieces; one-half pint cod, picked to small pieces.

  • The best spray is a half pint of Black Leaf 40 to a hundred gallons of water or bordeaux mixture.

  • This powder is best given by dissolving the above-named quantity in a half pint of water and given as a drench.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse United States Department of Agriculture
  • Boil one potato until tender; mash it through a sieve, add to it a half pint of warm water and a teaspoonful of sugar.

    Sandwiches Sarah Tyson Heston Rorer

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