Half-tongue

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Half-tongue häf"tŭng` (O. Law) A jury, for the trial of a foreigner, composed equally of citizens and aliens.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n half-tongue In law, a jury of which one half are aliens, allowed to an alien who is tried on a criminal charge. Such juries have been abolished in England, but are still allowed in some of the United States.
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Usage

In literature:

Though I can't see how biting my tongue half through is going to help France anyhow.
"More Tish" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
Half-a-dozen Pennsylvanian viragos surrounded and assailed me with their united tongues to a deafening degree.
"Three Months in the Southern States, April-June 1863" by Arthur J. L. (Lieut.-Col.) Fremantle
Then the colour rushed into her face, and half a dozen questions tripped together on her tongue.
"Etheldreda the Ready" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Half-way down they met a swirl of smoke, with an occasional tongue of flame shooting through it from a shattered window.
"The Garret and the Garden" by R.M. Ballantyne
His right arm moved feebly; his tongue was loosed, though only in a half-intelligible jabber.
"Agatha's Husband A Novel" by Dinah Maria Craik (AKA: Dinah Maria Mulock)
They were talking in half a dozen different tongues and dialects.
"Elizabeth Hobart at Exeter Hall" by Jean K. Baird
Almost half a boiled tongue, a quart jar of hot coffee, some boiled sweet potatoes, and half an apple pie.
"The Rover Boys at Big Horn Ranch" by Edward Stratemeyer
Meanwhile tongues had not been idle, and eager, curious faces began to peep at the "stray dog" through the half-open door.
"'Brother Bosch', an Airman's Escape from Germany" by Gerald Featherstone Knight
He spoke with a thick tongue, and was evidently half intoxicated.
"The Free Lances" by Mayne Reid
Such fond conceit, half said, half sung, 10 Love prompted to the bridegroom's tongue.
"Lady of the Lake" by Sir Walter Scott
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In poetry:

I have seen a fool half-fashioned
Borrow from the heavens a tongue,
So to curse them more at leisure--
--And I trod him not as dung.
"The Fish" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
A horizon howling, far from view,
darting its tongues and anthracite,
dragged me forever down the mute row,
my body, half naked, sliding from sight.
"Burned Forest" by Nichita Stanescu
Erect, half buried, slant or prone,
These awful listeners, blind and dumb,
Hear the strange tongues of tribes unknown,
As wave on wave they go and come.
"The Broken Circle" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Meanwhile tied not quite close, but just apart,
In withy bands. . by him I swear, my tongue,
Zoe! can never utter half my love.
Retract not one fond word.
"Theron And Zoe" by Walter Savage Landor
Oh! what are the pangs that result from excess,
In quaffing the juice of the vine;
Tho' the bosom may feel them the tongue can't express
Half the pain that is lurking in wine.
"Exhortation To Be Temperate" by John Pierpont
Mountain snow, white house-roofs;
If tongue were to tell what the heart may know
Nobody would be neighbours.
Mountain snow, day has come;
Every sad man sick, half-naked the poor;
Every time, a fool gets hurt.
"Gnomic Stanzas" by Anonymous British

In news:

About half the world's 6,000 languages could disappear, driven out by dominant tongues or repressive government policies, according to a Unesco study.
Kiss' frontman Gene Simmons has some competition: Ecuador's long-tongued bat boasts a 3½-inch tongue half again as long as its body.
'I chewed off half my tongue': Why pain is a necessity .
Erik Sprague, also known as 'The Lizardman', has spent about 700 hours getting his body tattooed, got teflon implanted into his forehead, his teeth filed and his tongue cut in half.
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In science:

Note the large tongue-shaped smooth region in the lower half of the nucleus (a ground-hugging flow on an ob ject whose escape velocity is ∼1 m s−1 ?) and the relative lack of large craters compared to Figure 2.
Icy Bodies in the New Solar System
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