• "He gave me back the half-crown."
    "He gave me back the half-crown."
  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Half-back in football, a position on the right or left side of the field, between the quarter-back and full-back, or directly behind the forwards: a player occupying this position
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. healf (Ger. halb, Dan. halv); original meaning 'side.'


In literature:

Ben shifted half around in the saddle and folded back the rim of his big sombrero.
"Ben Blair" by Will Lillibridge
Half the warriors here lost heart and turned back.
"Pathfinders of the West" by A. C. Laut
Carol, half way back in the church, had heard not one word of the service.
"Sunny Slopes" by Ethel Hueston
I should back half a regiment of English to lick the twelve battalions.
"The Tiger of Mysore" by G. A. Henty
Why, he is a splendid wicket-keeper, and far and away the finest half-back in the school.
"The Loom of Youth" by Alec Waugh
He came back from the early train, half an hour ago.
"Faith Gartney's Girlhood" by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
Kendric was relieved when, half an hour later, Twisty Barlow came back.
"Daughter of the Sun" by Jackson Gregory
Diest itself we reached at about half past three, after having been nearly turned back six or seven times.
"A Journal From Our Legation in Belgium" by Hugh Gibson
I have half of Belgium on my back.
"Into the Jaws of Death" by Jack O'Brien
Half an hour later, Gunderson came back, took a seat beside me and commenced to talk.
"Danger Signals" by John A. Hill and Jasper Ewing Brady

In poetry:

This house is full of painters,
And half shut up and black;
But rooms the very snuggest
Lie hidden at the back.
Come! come! come!
"To The Rev. A. A. In The Country From His Friend In London" by Horace Smith
If half the strings of life should break,
He can our frame restore;
He casts our sins behind his back,
And they are found no more.
"Hymn 55" by Isaac Watts
But half by voice and half by signs
The skipper said, "A warm sun shines
On the green-banked Merrimac;
Wait, watch, till I come back.
"The Bay Of Seven Islands" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Shortly the child, just half its height,
Stooped 'neath her mother's pack,
And strove and strove with all her might
To lift it on her back.
"At San Giovanni Del Lago" by Alfred Austin
Dear aunt! If I only would take her advice!
But I like my own way, and I find it so nice
And besides, I forget half the things I am told;
But they all will come back to me--when I am old.
"Aunt Tabitha" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Then at anither thocht he crawls to grup me by the tae,
But when he tries to pu' me doon the bauchle comes away;
An' owre he rows upon his back, while in his sweet blue een
The shadow o' a tear comes up, half frichten'd to be seen.
"Oor Johnnie" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

Jones is backing off controversial statements he made Monday blasting his TV show "Two and a Half Men".
Blind Xpress is recalling back about a half million vertical and horizontal window blinds .
Florida running back Mike Gillislee (23) rushes as Bowling Green linebacker Paul Swan (33) tries to stop him during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept 1, 2012, in Gainesville, Fla. Florida won 27-14.
Alabama running back Eddie Lacy (42) reacts after scoring a touchdown against Georgia during the second half of the Southeastern Conference championship NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec 1, 2012, in Atlanta.
Bowie senior running back Don Jerry started an explosive third quarter with a 64-yard touchdown run on the first play of the second half to give Bowie a 21-3 lead.
With gas prices so high, wouldn't it be nice if there were a way to get half your money back after you fill up at the pump.
Calvin Jones, Greenland running back, is brought down Friday by Prescott defender Mark Johnson in the first half of the state playoff game in Greenland.
Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde (34) looks for daylight against Indiana during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Bloomington, Ind.
Louis Rams running back (39) Steven Jackson runs the ball in the first half against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium.
Down 20-6 at the half, the Huskers charged back with three second-half touchdowns and rallied for a 32-23 win over Penn State, extending their winning streak to four games.
CF Knights running back Latavius Murray (28) runs against the UTEP Miners defense during the first half at Sun Bowl stadium.
The Warriors' Stephen Curry drives past the Bobcats' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, left, and Kemba Walker, back, in the first half.
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Davone Bess (15) and running back Reggie Bush look up at the end of the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Dec 2, 2012, in Miami.
Buddy Hield scored all 11 of his points in the second half to help the Sooners (5-1) come back from a 54-44 deficit in the final 9:07.
It was a true tale of two halves, as the East Central University football team came back from a 0-17 deficit at half time to earn a 31-17 win over Southeastern Oklahoma State on the annual Senior Day at Norris Field.

In science:

As soon as M is no longer in the interval [−0.8N , 0.8N ], we shift the antiperiodic boundary away from the interface over half the system size (which will bring the magnetization back in this range) and then continue.
Magnetization reversal times in the 2D Ising model
Onedimensional models suggest that typically half or more of the 44Ti produced during the explosion might fall back on the remnant (e.g, Nassar et al. 2005).
Are Ti44-Producing Supernovae Exceptional?
The function φ first maps D− onto the right half-plane, than we cut off a straight horizontal slit starting at the origin and map it back.
Random conformal snowflakes
The large complexity required in the synchronization and demodulation of the UWB signal results in more than half of the system power being dissipated in the digital back end and the ADC.
Direct Conversion Pulsed UWB Transceiver Architecture
Research on spatial random fields dates back over half a century, e.g., see (Whittle, 1954).
Asymptotic Theory of Cepstral Random Fields