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 Half-deck.Half-faced Groat (You). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Half-done, as Elgin was burnt. In the wars between James II. of Scotland and the Douglases in 1452, the Earl of Huntly burnt one-half of the town of Elgin, being the side which belonged to the Douglases, but left the other side standing because it belonged to his own family. (Sir Walter Scott: Tales of a Grandfather, xxi.)   1

 Half-deck.Half-faced Groat (You). 


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