from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Half of a yard; specifically, an old ale-measure, one half of the ale-yard.


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  • According to the Football Outsiders game charting project, Tryon allowed 5.8 adjusted yards per attempt, nearly a half-yard better than any other Redskins corner.

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  • Tom Brady threw a short pass to Kevin Faulk to ice the game but backup safety Melvin Bullitt drove the Patriots running back into the ground a half-yard short of the marker.

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  • Their lone score came on a 20-yard field goal by Jay Feely to end the opening drive, after Mangini decided against going for it on fourth down with a half-yard to go at the 2 against the league's 30th-ranked defense.

  • I tripped a couple of weeks ago and got tackled on the half-yard line at New England.

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  • Duckett's touchdown from about a half-yard out capped an 80-yard drive, and the Rams were hampered before getting the ball back when Haslett unsuccessfully challenged the ruling from a scrum at the goal line.

  • But Vanderbilt's last chance ended when a fourth-down pass from Adams to Graham came up a half-yard short, stopped by a big lick from Asher Allen.

  • The last touchdown came a play after a Tom Coughlin challenge left Steve Smith a half-yard shy on a play that originally was ruled a TD.

  • Leaving aside the question of when is the birthday for the the other half-yard ...

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  • Thomas, who was trailing the pass and looking for a ricochet, caught it at the half-yard line and then stepped across the goal line for the winner.

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  • Coach Brian Billick decided against trying for the winning touchdown on fourth down at the half-yard line, and Stover's 18-yard field goal with 8 seconds left forced overtime.


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  • "Half of a yard; specifically, an old ale-measure, one half of the ale-yard."

    --Century Dictionary

    January 12, 2011