from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a day on which half of the day is free from work or duty; a holiday of one half of a day.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Half of a day given up to recreation; a day on which work is carried on only during half or a part of the usual working-hours.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a day on which half is free from work or duty
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I came into it in that dead hour of the afternoon which is neither after lunch nor before tea, nor anything else even on a half-holiday; and I had a fantastic feeling that I had strayed into a lost and extra hour that is not numbered in the twenty-four.
The Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, for instance, serves notice on the Master Builders 'Association that it demands an increase of the wage of its members from $3.50 a day to $4.00, and a Saturday half-holiday without pay.
Also, they expect the Saturday half-holiday to give work to one additional man for each eleven previously employed.
It was a fine summer day, and our little school had obtained a half-holiday, by the intercession of a good-humoured visitor. 3 3
This is the day of our rifle-club; there is little business to do; I grant a half-holiday.
Oh! for a half-holiday, and a quiet corner, and one of those books again!
There were no hoops, no cricket-bats, as usual on a half-holiday.
It was Wednesday, a half-holiday, as everybody knows, and boiled-beef day at Slaughter House.
And our naval annals owe some of their interest to the fantastic and beautiful appearance of old warships and the romance that invests the sea and everything sea-going in the eyes of English lads on a half-holiday at the coast.
It is in this way that a schoolboy hears of a half-holiday; but this was