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on the half shell

Definition of on the half shell

  1. :  served in one of the two halves of the shell <oysters on the half shell>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  either of two equal parts that compose something

    :  a part approximately equal to one of these

    :  one of a pair: as

  1. :  being one of two equal parts

    :  amounting to approximately half

    :  falling short of the full or complete thing :  partial

  1. :  in an equal part or degree

    :  not completely :  partially

    :  by any means :  at all

  1. :  a hard rigid usually largely calcareous covering or support of an animal

    :  the hard or tough often thin outer covering of an egg (as of a bird or reptile) — see egg illustration

    :  the covering or outside part of a fruit or seed especially when hard or fibrous

  1. :  to take out of a natural enclosing cover (as a shell, husk, pod, or capsule)

    :  to separate the kernels of (as an ear of Indian corn, wheat, or oats) from the cob, ear, or husk

    :  to throw shells at, upon, or into :  bombard

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of, relating to, or near a shore

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