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The office had been closed, owing to a death, and Palmer was in possession of a holiday.

They would have a holiday together, and then they would say good-bye.

Won't your Professor give you a holiday from—is it microbes you study?

It makes a holiday in Colchis whenever such a thing happens.

It was holiday for the horses of the Sun, and away they went.

Nevertheless, they bore it very well, being all in their holiday humours.

The day was a holiday from school, but not from morning service.

And if he lays it by, what becomes of his portfolio when he is unchained for a holiday?

I have been requested to take a holiday, and, rather than offend the powers that be, have given in.

I have not had much of a holiday, you see, for two years now!

WORD ORIGIN

1500s, earlier haliday (c.1200), from Old English haligdæg "holy day; Sabbath," from halig "holy" (see holy) + dæg "day" (see day); in 14c. meaning both "religious festival" and "day of recreation," but pronunciation and sense diverged 16c. As a verb meaning "to pass the holidays" by 1869.

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