- half one's regular pay.
- a reduced amount paid to a British army or navy officer when not in actual service or after retirement.
Origin of half pay
First recorded in 1655–65
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Examples from the Web for half pay
Her establishment was not only diminished, but her servants reduced to half-pay.Handel
Edward J. Dent
She had just his half-pay to live on—it amounted to about a pound a week.Tales Of Hearsay
I was a major after Waterloo; the Bourbons put me aside on half-pay.The Man With The Broken Ear
You are a half-pay officer, and are at leisure to command the garrison: but where is the castle?Crotchet Castle
Thomas Love Peacock
The object was the contemptible one of robbing him of his half-pay.