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Prepositional phraseEdit

on the half hour

  1. Happening hourly, but at 30 minutes past each hour; ie, 08:30, 09:30 etc.
    Trains leave here for New York every hour on the half hour.
  2. Happening on the hour and at 30 minutes after the hour.
    • 2011, Studs Terkel, "The Good War": An Oral History of World War II[1]:
      In one corner is an old grandfather's clock; the chimes are on the half-hour.
    • 2010, Stephanie Cowell, Claude & Camille[2], page 248:
      He bought and framed Japanese prints, and she chose a bronze mantelpiece clock with a silver bell that struck on the half hour.
  3. (soccer) At thirty minutes into a half.

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