- 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
Examples from the Web for half pay
Historical Examples of 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.