half-miler

[ haf-mahy-ler, hahf- ]
/ ˈhæfˈmaɪ lər, ˈhɑf- /

noun Informal.

a half-mile race.
a runner who participates or specializes in such a race.

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Origin of half-miler

First recorded in 1930–35; half-mile + -er1
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Example sentences from the Web for half-miler

  • 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
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for half-miler

half-miler

noun

a runner who specializes in running races over half a mile or a similar metric distance
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