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half-time (n.)

also halftime, half time, indicating "half of the time," 1640s, from half + time (n.). Tempo sense is by 1880. In football, from 1867.

updated on October 10, 2017

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Definitions of half-time from WordNet

half-time (adv.)
for less than the standard number of hours;
Synonyms: part-time / parttime
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