Meaning of “half-time” in the English Dictionary

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"half-time" in British English

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half-timenoun [ U ]

uk /ˌhɑːfˈtaɪm/ us /ˈhæf.taɪm/

a short rest period between the two parts of a sports game:

Italy had a comfortable three-goal lead over France by half-time.
What was the half-time score?

More examples

  • The score at half-time was still four all.
  • It was Johansson who scored the all-important goal shortly before half-time.
  • Milan were three goals down at half-time.
  • An increasingly ill-tempered match saw three players sent off before half-time.
  • The match was abandoned at half-time because of the poor weather conditions.

(Definition of “half-time” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)