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halfway house

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noun
  1. an inn or stopping place situated approximately midway between two places on a road.
  2. any place considered as midway in a course.
  3. a residence for former mental patients, convicts, or recovering drug users or alcoholics that serves as a transitional environment between confinement and the return to society.

Origin of halfway house

First recorded in 1685–95
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Examples from the Web for halfway house

Historical Examples

  • From the Halfway-house to Cape Town the character of the landscape completely changes.

    Narrative of the Circumnavigation of the Globe by the Austrian Frigate Novara, Volume I

    Karl Ritter von Scherzer

  • But it is only a halfway-house between common credulity and scientific method.

  • I don't know what I should have done if one had made a halfway-house of my hair!

    Set in Silver

    Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson


British Dictionary definitions for halfway house

halfway house

noun
  1. a place to rest midway on a journey
  2. the halfway point in any progression
  3. a centre or hostel designed to facilitate the readjustment to private life of released prisoners, mental patients, etc
  4. British a compromisea halfway house between fixed and floating exchange rates
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halfway house in Medicine

halfway house

(hăf)
n.
  1. A rehabilitation facility for individuals, such as mental patients or substance abusers, who no longer require the complete facilities of a hospital or other institution but who are not yet prepared to return to their communities.
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