What is haaf?

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  1. (Shetland, Scotland) The open sea, especially as a place to fish.
  2. (Shetland) The practice of sea fishing for such as cod, ling and tusk.
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Although men concentrated at the main haaf stations during the summer fishing season, they reverted to their homes in crofting townships for the remainder of the year.
Haaf Netters stand up to their waists in tidal washes and spread their nets across the flow to catch whatever is being swept along.
An' tha went at th' business o' thy own accord an' managt it i' haaf an hour!
I's tooked 'em hum a haaf a bob every night for t' week, and they b'longs to me.
The Haaf net which also rests on the sea bed is supported by a fisherman.
Look here, I'se got haaf a bob, and a good warming into the bargain.

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