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half-dozen

[ half-duhz-uhn, hahf- ]
/ ˈhælfˈdʌz ən, ˈhɑf- /
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noun
one half of a dozen; six.
adjective
considering six as a unit; consisting of six.
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Origin of half-dozen

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425
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British Dictionary definitions for half-dozen

half-dozen

determiner
(preceded by a)
  1. six or a group of sixa half-dozen roses
  2. (as pronoun; functioning as singular or plural)at least a half-dozen
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