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[haf-mahy-ler, hahf-] /ˈhæfˈmaɪ lər, ˈhɑf-/
noun, Informal.
a half-mile race.
a runner who participates or specializes in such a race.
Origin of half-miler
First recorded in 1930-35; half-mile + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for half-miler
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  • Rindgely went in then and made the pace for the next three-quarters, and then gave place to Thatcher, a half-miler.

    On Your Mark! Ralph Henry Barbour
  • He was trying to be a half-miler last I knew, but I saw him over with the jumpers Friday.

    Quarter-Back Bates Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Billy Goode thinks the school can worry along through the year without him as a jumper or half-miler or shot-putter.

    Quarter-Back Bates Ralph Henry Barbour
British Dictionary definitions for half-miler


a runner who specializes in running races over half a mile or a similar metric distance
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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