Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An old English money of account, of the value of 6s. 8d., or half the value of the mark, which was a sum of 13s. 4d. The half-mark was never a coin.
“The night candle on Amat's desk was past its half-mark.”
“He reached into his purse and pulled out a half-mark.”
“In the evening there would be gambling; Tenim decided to risk his half-mark on the chance for more.”
“A miner half-mark entitled her to four, so she paid for two and got a quarter-mark back.”
“He waved and shouted to the girl, the one upon whom he'd bestowed his half-mark earlier.”
“The family who owned the boat didn't trust him and made him sleep on deck, although by the end of the sevenday journey, they had grown so fond of him and his fire-lizard that they pressed a well-worn half-mark on him.”
“Cristov smiled and pressed the half-mark into her palm.”
“The referendums in the many East European countries had fairly low turn-outs, sometimes skimming the half-mark, sometimes not even that.”
“Many tines the half-mark whinger for the half-penny whang.”
“He who was the more powerful was condemned to pay; but at the first repayment he paid wildgoose for goose, little pig for old swine, and for a mark of gold he put down half a mark of gold, the other half-mark of clay and mould, and yet further threatened with rough treatment the man to whom he was paying this debt.”
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