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A set or group of six.‘a half-dozen slices of smoked salmon’
- ‘With Mary Pierce, Martina Hingis and Lindsay Davenport ranked in the top half-dozen, women's doubles is hitting a golden era.’
- ‘Back in 1991, more than a half-dozen Arab nations were part of our Desert Storm coalition.’
- ‘Not only the above half-dozen but all the lads on the panel know what the build up to an All-Ireland final is like.’
- ‘One day in early December of 1996, Moira and a half-dozen fellow students decided to occupy the school.’
- ‘Doves are smaller than chickens, so you eat three or four instead of half of one, just as we usually eat a half-dozen or more perch compared to a single walleye fillet.’
- ‘A half-dozen of his own modern examples were shared by two or more.’
- ‘He is now working with his fifth manager in three years and, if Dalglish really doesn't take it permanently, it will be a half-dozen.’
- ‘Almost a half-dozen were taken to hospital with injuries.’
- ‘Whenever we go up there, we often stop off just to buy a half-dozen to take back to Canberra.’
- ‘He was the only mourner among the half-dozen without a formal reason for being there.’
- ‘In fact, of the half-dozen, only the Toronto Maple Leafs appear in with a chance to challenge for Lord Stanley's jug this season.’
- ‘The half-dozen or so low cigar-shaped mounds are pillow mounds relating to a more recent rabbit warren.’
- ‘For transport policies, we know we are in the top half-dozen in the country.’
- ‘The half-dozen or so cultivars of this herb include both green-leaved and red or purple-leaved forms.’
- ‘Of the half-dozen or so charities who enjoy her patronage, most will be aware of Booth's public skills as a communicator.’
- ‘The 23-year-old was rarely out of the first half-dozen in the sprints this year in his first Tour, and will surely win a stage soon.’
- ‘In Melbourne there have been twenty four gangland killings, the last half-dozen amid the general public.’
- ‘Now it will be a struggle for Nader to increase his ballot presence in more than a half-dozen or so states.’
- ‘A half-dozen young skaters with boards under their arms sit down on a long bench up against the wood.’
- ‘Situated off the north coast of Jura, it is one of the half-dozen biggest maelstroms in the world.’
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