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 for Half pay
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Half \Half\ (h[aum]f), a. [AS. healf, half, half; as a noun,
     half, side, part; akin to OS., OFries., & D. half, G. halb,
     Sw. half, Dan. halv, Icel. h[=a]lfr, Goth. halbs. Cf.
     Halve, Behalf.]
     1. Consisting of a moiety, or half; as, a half bushel; a half
        hour; a half dollar; a half view.
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     Note: The adjective and noun are often united to form a
           compound.
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     2. Consisting of some indefinite portion resembling a half;
        approximately a half, whether more or less; partial;
        imperfect; as, a half dream; half knowledge.
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              Assumed from thence a half consent.   --Tennyson.
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     Half ape (Zool.), a lemur.
  
     Half back. (Football) See under 2d Back.
  
     Half bent, the first notch, for the sear point to enter, in
        the tumbler of a gunlock; the halfcock notch.
  
     Half binding, a style of bookbinding in which only the back
        and corners are in leather.
  
     Half boarder, one who boards in part; specifically, a
        scholar at a boarding school who takes dinner only.
  
     Half-breadth plan (Shipbuilding), a horizontal plan of one
        half a vessel, divided lengthwise, showing the lines.
  
     Half cadence (Mus.), a cadence on the dominant.
  
     Half cap, a slight salute with the cap. [Obs.] --Shak.
  
     At half cock, the position of the cock of a gun when
        retained by the first notch.
  
     Half hitch, a sailor's knot in a rope; half of a clove
        hitch.
  
     Half hose, short stockings; socks.
  
     Half measure, an imperfect or weak line of action.
  
     Half note (Mus.), a minim, one half of a semibreve.
  
     Half pay, half of the wages or salary; reduced pay; as, an
        officer on half pay.
  
     Half price, half the ordinary price; or a price much
        reduced.
  
     Half round.
        (a) (Arch.) A molding of semicircular section.
        (b) (Mech.) Having one side flat and the other rounded; --
            said of a file.
  
     Half shift (Mus.), a position of the hand, between the open
        position and the first shift, in playing on the violin and
        kindred instruments. See Shift.
  
     Half step (Mus.), a semitone; the smallest difference of
        pitch or interval, used in music.
  
     Half tide, the time or state of the tide equally distant
        from ebb and flood.
  
     Half time, half the ordinary time for work or attendance;
        as, the half-time system.
  
     Half tint (Fine Arts), a middle or intermediate tint, as in
        drawing or painting. See Demitint.
  
     Half truth, a statement only partially true, or which gives
        only a part of the truth. --Mrs. Browning.
  
     Half year, the space of six months; one term of a school
        when there are two terms in a year.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pay \Pay\, n.
     1. Satisfaction; content. --Chaucer.
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     2. An equivalent or return for money due, goods purchased, or
        services performed; salary or wages for work or service;
        compensation; recompense; payment; hire; as, the pay of a
        clerk; the pay of a soldier.
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              Where only merit constant pay receives. --Pope.
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              There is neither pay nor plunder to be got.
                                                    --L'Estrange.
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     Full pay, the whole amount of wages or salary; maximum pay;
        especially, the highest pay or allowance to civil or
        military officers of a certain rank, without deductions.
        
  
     Half pay. See under Half.
  
     Pay day, the day of settlement of accounts.
  
     Pay dirt (Mining), earth which yields a profit to the
        miner. [Western U.S.]
  
     Pay office, a place where payment is made.
  
     Pay roll,
        (a) a roll or list of persons entitled to payment, with
            the amounts due; now usually one word, payroll.
        (b) the total sum of money which is paid to all employees
            on payday.
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