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[haf-hol-i-dey, hahf-] /ˈhæfˈhɒl ɪˌdeɪ, ˈhɑf-/
a holiday limited to half a working day or half an academic day.
Origin of half-holiday
First recorded in 1545-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • On the day after her failure to keep her appointment with Wilson she had her half-holiday.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • They always do it, Tommy says, even when they have a half-holiday.

  • Makola gave himself a half-holiday, and bathed his children in the river.

    Tales of Unrest Joseph Conrad
  • He looked uncritical and very young, as rosy as a school-boy on a half-holiday.

    The Tragic Muse

    Henry James
  • It is half-holiday, and, as it is wet, Master Fred is lounging about in-doors.

    Child-Land Oscar Pletsch
  • It is half-holiday to-day, but it is too warm to run about the fields.

    Child-Land Oscar Pletsch
  • This is half-holiday, and the four children are going to have a merry game in the fields.

    Child-Land Oscar Pletsch
  • Evidently none of the other half-holiday makers had returned.

    The Cock-House at Fellsgarth Talbot Baines Reed
  • As it was a half-holiday, I was able to spend several hours with Dick.

    Charley Laurel W. H. G. Kingston
  • “It is he who has begged us the half-holiday,” whispered the prophet of good to his neighbour.

    Dr. Jolliffe's Boys Lewis Hough

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