- From Middle English *half-broken, from Old English healfbrocen ("half-broken"), equivalent to half- + broken. Compare Dutch half gebroken ("half-broken"). (Wiktionary)
“He has four TVs—including a 46-inch Internet TV and a 37-inch screen in what he called a "mini man cave"—but still prefers a transistor radio and his pair of half-broken headphones.”
“All of the furniture—the dressers in the bedrooms, the wooden stand in the hallway for mail and the telephone, the kitchen table—looked dumpy and half-broken.”
“The last of them, astride a Palomina three-year-old that was as graceful and wild as a half-broken Arab, was for riding by with a bare salute, but was stopped by his employer.”
“The one, half-amphibian, breasting the water with muscular arms, could not hope to overtake or escape an enemy who propelled a fire-hollowed tree trunk by means of a wooden paddle; nor could the other, trusting to his own nimbleness, compete with a foe who careered wildly across the plain on the back of a half-broken stallion.”
“Four minutes later, the master called for the end of the game, and the boys gracefully pulled up their horses and waited again, panting, their gazes fixed upon the half-broken target, which was littered with arrows.”
“Mary picked up a half-broken chair, wedged one leg in a crack in the small fireplace, and began to break the wood into smaller pieces.”
“He did not ride particularly well, and in the scene as planned he would be mounting a half-broken mare only a few feet from a precipice that would have produced a very considerable fall.”
“Julian unlocked the half-broken door of the study he was in, and peered cautiously into the hall.”
“Yesterday, he had begged leave to be absent from the court and taken a wild, half-broken horse from the stables and ridden out into the wind on an impulse to rid himself of the unaccountable feeling.”
“But that's the thing about Christmas - the sentiment is so strong that you never throw out even the worst, most threadbare, tarnished, half-broken ornaments.”
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