Definition of halfway house in English:

halfway house


  • 1The halfway point in a progression.

    ‘suspension of the talks was only a halfway house towards complete termination’
    • ‘By granting the autonomy that most Scots craved, but stopping short of independence, the creation of the parliament was intended by him and John Smith to be a dead end for the SNP, not a halfway house.’
    • ‘And this is completed sculpture, presented in its finality of bronze and not, as too many times in commercial galleries in the halfway house of gypsum.’
    • ‘Campaigners argued the plan was a halfway house towards privatisation.’
    • ‘Our city acts as a halfway house between the south and Glasgow.’
    • ‘The SVP confounded the pundits once before in 1992 when it persuaded the country to reject joining the European Economic Area - a halfway house to full membership of the EU.’
    • ‘You will find halfway houses on the road to specialist mathematics teachers in some American elementary schools today.’
    • ‘This is a halfway house between BMW's outgoing BMW M3, soon to be replaced by the new shape 400 bhp fire-breathing 3 Series, and the formidable M3 CSL.’
    • ‘Although this leaves the franchise operators in place, it represents a significant step towards a halfway house re-nationalised railway system, at least in Scotland.’
    • ‘Small steps have been taken with the establishment of East and West development squads, a halfway house on the anticipated route to a formal regional structure.’
    • ‘For new immigrants, who often arrive unfamiliar with modern industrial society, much less the high-powered American style, these pockets of cultural familiarity are halfway houses.’
    • ‘Moore said SE's planned Intermediary Technology Institutes could help solve the latter problem by providing a halfway house between academia and commerce.’
    • ‘For test purposes, I was given a V8 3.5, which is the halfway house between the 3-litre V6 version, and the V8 4.2.’
    • ‘No less than burning bridges, burning halfway houses is not a very good idea.’
    • ‘The finality of a fully formalized theory is that of halfway houses, of temporary stops.’
    • ‘Occasionally, micro-celebrity can prove a halfway house on the road to mega-stardom.’
    • ‘There was no halfway house, no progress towards something different.’
    • ‘Essentially, it is a halfway house to the Court of Appeal, finally removing that power of referral back from the tender clutches of what used to be called the ‘C’ department in the Home Office.’
    • ‘They were only intended to be halfway houses, but by having State-owned enterprises with an ongoing life, we politicise the process.’
    • ‘Of course at the time we had the ballot box and armalite strategy, the halfway house so to speak, but that too was a transitional phase.’
    • ‘An example of this kind of halfway house towards pure abstraction can be found in his painting ‘Cossacks'.’
    1. 1.1British A compromise between two different or opposing views or courses of action.
      ‘the formula seems a good halfway house and avoids another row’
      • ‘You were trying to have some sort of halfway house.’
      • ‘Apartheid represents a halfway house between ethnic cleansing of the indigenous population and allowing them to remain where they are: they are herded into Bantustans from where their labour power can be used by the colonisers.’
      • ‘A halfway house was found by adopting a twofold solution.’
      • ‘Wedged between high-end SLRs and simple pocket cameras, the Lumix strikes a perfect balance between features, picture quality and price - a halfway house for the improving amateur.’
      • ‘A halfway house might be not to take any money out,’ she said.’
      • ‘Nationalists in Scotland called for independence and the Labour government offered devolution; this would be a halfway house, creating a Scottish Assembly and allowing it some legislative power.’
      • ‘The compromise for the multi-fuel engine is a compression ratio of 10.5: 1 - ‘a halfway house,’ as Stein describes it.’
      • ‘Joe's is a halfway house for those seeking something slightly different to the all too familiar and mass-produced central cafes and not quite as interesting as the more exotic offering further up the road.’
      • ‘So what we do is try and arrive at a halfway house that keeps everyone happy.’
      • ‘Instead of quickly executing the 1997 manifesto commitment, Blair decided to renege and seek a compromise where none can be made: there's no halfway house.’
      • ‘There will be calls for a compromise, a halfway house between these two extremes.’
      • ‘However, Cheshire building society has managed to find a halfway house.’
      • ‘It is likely a halfway house will be reached - with money pumped into a high-profile advertising campaign to increase the number of people carrying Donor Cards.’
      • ‘As I mentioned in my last offering, I do not view agnosticism as a halfway house between Atheism and theism.’
      • ‘They will offer halfway houses between marriage and nonmarriage, which will, in many cases, depending on how they're designed, offer the benefits of marriage without the responsibilities, the rights without the obligations.’
      • ‘For Ascherson, an expert also on Eastern European nationalism, didn't expect the Scots to settle for a halfway house, and is perhaps a little disappointed that this is precisely what they appear to have done.’
      • ‘Staying the proceedings seems to me to be a curious halfway house.’
      • ‘What about a halfway house of the Metropolitan Police Authority stepping in to give firm advice, guidelines, guidance as to how that investigation could be improved?’
      • ‘The DUP clearly expects - as do many - that the IRA's forthcoming statement will be the usual halfway house.’
      • ‘Joining the refuseniks requires a great leap, but there are halfway houses that are easily accessible to the domestic computer owner.’
      agreement, understanding, settlement, terms, accommodation
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  • 2A centre for rehabilitating former prisoners, psychiatric patients, or others unused to non-institutional life.

    • ‘In the 1980s, courts granted the mentally ill a right to live in the ‘least-restrictive setting,’ prompting the release of even more people to halfway houses or, most often, unsupervised homes.’
    • ‘Credit has been given to an accused for nine months in which an accused under the YARC program was required to live in a halfway house under strict discipline conditions.’
    • ‘A radical Islamic convert with a long criminal history is running a halfway house for freed prisoners and the homeless.’
    • ‘Glasgow's Cathedral House Hotel is a former halfway house for prisoners from Duke Street Prison.’
    • ‘This is the protest that greets announcement of a site for a halfway house or day-care centre for mentally ill people who do not need hospitalisation.’
    • ‘And Wiltshire coroner David Masters has recommended halfway houses for mental health patients to try and prevent tragedy happening again.’
    • ‘Even facilities offering stricter supervision and more treatment, like halfway houses and Community Based Corrections Facilities were shown to save the state thousands of dollars per person when compared to prison.’
    • ‘I just had the urge to audition for this variety show - all made up of recovering people - that was going to tour jails, prisons and halfway houses.’
    • ‘Now, with the closing of our residential inpatient units and our return to just halfway houses (or in some instances, three-quarter travel-under-escort housing), we may have come full circle.’
    • ‘These centres also operate as halfway houses that help to reintegrate young people into the school system.’
    • ‘They included training facilities, a semi-custodial institution similar to the women's prison in Dublin and a halfway house for released prisoners.’
    • ‘Eventually he and his lawyer reached a plea agreement with a federal prosecutor that would send Austin to a month in prison followed by five months' custody in a halfway house.’
    • ‘Are viewers likely to be sympathetic to people with mental illness or to welcome warmly (or even with a neutral reaction) psychiatric halfway houses or day-treatment centers in their community?’
    • ‘People living in a quiet neighborhood receive notice of a proposal to use a nearby residence as a psychiatric halfway house.’
    • ‘Possible ideas include creating halfway houses, or transitional care areas, where patients could be housed until appropriate accommodation is arranged.’
    • ‘While there's no all-inclusive list, they include airports, garbage dumps, jails and halfway houses - things that everyone agrees we need but that no one wants as a neighbor.’
    • ‘New York, like many states, releases nonviolent offenders from prison toward the end of their sentences to live in halfway houses in the community and go to work.’
    • ‘However, justice minister Cathy Jamieson insists that the moves will help to address Scotland's woeful re-offending record by providing a halfway house for prisoners to slowly adjust from prison life to living in the community.’
    • ‘He spent six months at the halfway house while his family stayed away.’
    • ‘Gould Farm is a far cry from Reid's former life working on Wall Street, an existence that also included psychiatric hospitals, traditional therapies and halfway houses.’
  • 3historical An inn midway between two towns.

    • ‘It was built in 1825 as an Inn/Halfway House for travellers.’
    • ‘By staying in this half-way house, the guests all have a chance to rectify the errors that they've made in their own lives during the past year.’


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