from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Half of a half: applied contemptuously to a person (or thing) of no particular account or consequence: as, a demi-semi statesman.
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His snore was a medley of snuffing and snorting, with an abortive demi-semi aristocratic sort of a sneeze; while to add to the effect of this three-stringed inspiration there was in each aspiration a tremulous and swooning neigh.
At all events both M and N can look back to more demi-semi happy incidents when the courtship has been long.
Let me stir your colour chart, agitate your palate and ultimately, sinisiterly, inspire your stories to demi-semi quavers.
Allow me to place the balls as they were then -- I know how they stood to a nicety -- there, that's it to a demi-semi fraction; oblige me, sir, just as a personal favour, by trying the stroke once more. "