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half-and-half

[haf-uh n-haf, hahf-uh n-hahf] /ˈhæf ənˈhæf, ˈhɑf ənˈhɑf/
noun
1.
a mixture of two things, especially in equal or nearly equal proportions.
2.
milk and light cream combined in equal parts, especially for table use.
3.
Chiefly British. a mixture of two malt liquors, especially porter and ale.
adjective
4.
half one thing and half another.
adverb
5.
in two equal parts.
Origin of half-and-half
1705-1715
First recorded in 1705-15
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Examples from the Web for half-and-half
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  • Mayhap you think it's you're pint of half-and-half as keeps us all out of the union.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • His boat attack had been a half-and-half affair, for all that.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • Away with your half-and-half sinners who have some love for virtue!

    Pascal John Tulloch
  • "You're such a half-and-half man," she said with a note of contempt in her voice.

    The Angel of Terror Edgar Wallace
  • By this time the waiter brought Mr. Peacock the half-and-half.

    The Caxtons, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • For my part I have a sort of half-and-half belief in the super-natural.

  • I felt for her a strong affection, and affection is the half-and-half of love.

    Hushed Up William Le Queux
  • For his medium grade he blends Santos and Maracaibo, half-and-half.

    All About Coffee William H. Ukers
  • Some make a success of it; some make a “fizzle;” some make a sort of half-and-half.

    'Boy Wanted' Nixon Waterman
  • No half-and-half measures, no beating about the bush, for me.

    Erema R. D. Blackmore
British Dictionary definitions for half-and-half

half-and-half

noun
1.
a mixture of half one thing and half another thing
2.
a drink consisting of equal parts of beer and stout, or equal parts of bitter and mild
adjective
3.
of half one thing and half another thing
adverb
4.
in two equal parts
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Word Origin and History for half-and-half
n.

1756 as "ale and porter;" as a mixture of milk and cream, by 1946.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for half-and-half

half-and-half

noun

Fellatio plus copulation (1960s+ Prostitutes)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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