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half-hour

a. a period of 30 minutes
b. (as modifier): a half-hour stint
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She played with his long hair, and admired his big hands and his clothes and his carbine, and asked question after question, as fast as he could answer, until I excused them both for half an hour, in order to have a chance to finish my work.
"I dare say we shall get you off in less than half an hour. We will do our best, at any rate.
And then he talked for half an hour about the Devonshire turf; which I thought such a very extraordinary subject.
"Half an hour will suffice to apprise them; will you go for them yourself, or shall you send?"
Well, Monsieur La Ramee, you shall judge of it yourself and at once.' `I cannot,' I replied; `it is absolutely necessary for me to return to the chateau.' `Very well,' said he, `go and attend to your affairs, since you seem to be in a hurry, but come back in half an hour.' `In half an hour?' `Yes, have you breakfasted?' `Faith, no.' `Well, here is a pate that will be ready for you, with a bottle of old Burgundy.' So, you see, my lord, since I am hungry, I would, with your highness's leave " And La Ramee bent low.
It was full half an hour before the gardener came back.
'I say I once went to Pashutino in half an hour,' shouted Vasili Andreevich.
In half an hour more, Marian was peacefully asleep with her arm around her sister's neck.
At the end of half an hour, I presented myself, as directed, in my lady's room.
I would urge them more myself, but that I am impatient to be rid of him, as Mainwaring comes within half an hour. Adieu !
All I can suggest is that when you get tired of reading "the best hundred books," you may take this up for half an hour. It will be a change.
I perceived within half an hour that she was so glad--stout, simple, plain, clean, wholesome woman-- as to be positively on her guard against showing it too much.