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[haf-tahym, hahf-] /ˈhæfˌtaɪm, ˈhɑf-/

the period indicating completion of the allowed for an activity, as for a football or basketball game or an examination.
Sports. the intermission or rest period between the two of a football, basketball, or other game, during which spectators are often entertained by baton twirling, marching bands, or the like.
pertaining to or taking place during a halftime:
The football fans were treated to a halftime exhibition by the marching band.


also halftime, half time, indicating “half of the time,” 1640s, from half + time. Tempo sense is by 1880. In football, from 1867.


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