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halftime

or half-time

[haf-tahym, hahf-]
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noun
  1. the period indicating completion of half the time allowed for an activity, as for a football or basketball game or an examination.
  2. Sports. the intermission or rest period between the two halves of a football, basketball, or other game, during which spectators are often entertained by baton twirling, marching bands, or the like.
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adjective
  1. pertaining to or taking place during a halftime: The football fans were treated to a halftime exhibition by the marching band.
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Origin of halftime

First recorded in 1870–75; half + time
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  • But putting him on halftime, and Nels with five children to support, seemed like extreme punishment.

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    James Arthur Kjelgaard