One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A piece of land almost surrounded by water; a peninsula.
cape, promontory, point, head, headland, foreland, ness, horn, bill, bluff, limbView synonyms
- ‘The peninsula, in effect a half-island appended to Eurasia, is burdened with geographic features that tend to encourage predatory behavior on the part of the great powers.’
- ‘He was not concerned that the peninsula was a half-island.’
- ‘He has chosen to ferry his men by sea, to the ragged half-island between the York and the James.’
- ‘They fixed on island or half-island sites where they could be free from interference.’
- ‘The country consists of a large, mountainous island (half-island, actually), much longer than it is wide.’
- 1.1 A piece of land made up of half or part of an island.
- ‘As a small half-island economy, East Timor is characterised by a large traditional sector, producing primarily for subsistence.’
- ‘Contracts potentially worth billions of dollars are being placed in jeopardy, threatening the main source of revenue for the impoverished half-island.’
- ‘The half island with a population of just 800,000 people is one of the most impoverished countries in the world.’
- ‘Experts reckoned the half-island would need up to $200 million a year in foreign aid for five years.’
- ‘In effect, the half-island's currency will now be controlled by the United States Treasury.’
- ‘They eventually were allowed into the half-island and moved in with their grandmother who lived there.’
- ‘Previously the half island had been a neglected backwater lacking industry, basic infrastructure or services.’
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