half-dozen


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half-dozen

determiner
(preceded by a)
a. six or a group of six: a half-dozen roses.
b. (as pronoun; functioning as singular or plural): at least a half-dozen.

half′-doz′en



n.
1. one half of a dozen; six.
adj.
2. considering six as a unit; consisting of six.
[1375–1425]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.half-dozen - denoting a quantity consisting of six items or unitshalf-dozen - denoting a quantity consisting of six items or units
cardinal - being or denoting a numerical quantity but not order; "cardinal numbers"
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half-dozen

[ˈhɑːfˈdʌzn] Nmedia docena f
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The accursed was already under the carriage with some half-dozen particular friends, pointing out the chain with his blue cap.
Straight up to the main entrance he walked, laid his hand upon the knob of the heavy iron door, pushed it open without command, entered and found himself in the presence of a half-dozen armed men.
For a time there was the sound of excited discussion within the palisade, but at length a half-dozen warriors came and opened the gates, peering anxiously out in evident trepidation as to the nature of the creature which they should find waiting there.
He had hardly uttered the word, when the whole half-dozen regiments levelled their muskets as if they had but one common object, and that object the Pickwickians, and burst forth with the most awful and tremendous discharge that ever shook the earth to its centres, or an elderly gentleman off his.
Indeed who is there that walks London streets, but can point out a half-dozen of men riding by him splendidly, while he is on foot, courted by fashion, bowed into their carriages by tradesmen, denying themselves nothing, and living on who knows what?
In another cabin, where there were at least a half-dozen persons, they had only ten cents' worth of ginger-cakes, which had been bought in the store the day before.
Its crew of a half-dozen red warriors watched the lights of the patrol boat diminishing in the distance.
Karataev had told it to him alone some half-dozen times and always with a specially joyful emotion.
One evening a half-dozen men of whom I was one were sitting in the library of the Bohemian Club in San Francisco.
It seemed from the messenger's tale that two of Gr-gr-gr's great males had been set upon by a half-dozen of Hooja's cutthroats while the former were peaceably returning from the thag hunt.
When this was done, other commands were given, and the soldiers instantaneously formed in single file all round the house and stables; completely encircling them in every part, at a distance, perhaps, of some half-dozen yards; at least that seemed in Barnaby's eyes to be about the space left between himself and those who confronted him.
Not one of the men ashore had a musket, and before they could get within range for pistol shooting, we flattered ourselves we should be able to give a good account of a half-dozen at least.