(a) quarter of (a given hour in time)

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(a) quarter of (a given hour in time)

A quarter of an hour (15 minutes) before the named hour in time (e.g., "quarter of six" would mean 5:45). Primarily heard in US. A: "What time does the movie start?" B: "Not until a quarter of eight, so we've got plenty of time!" I thought I'd be home already, but with this traffic, it'll be quarter of before I'm back.
See also: given, hour, of, quarter
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The poll by Cartoon Network to celebrate new show Ultimate Grandpa also saw Britain's Got Talent star Simon Cowell voted the ultimate celebrity grandpa by almost a quarter of eight to 12-yearolds.
More than a quarter of eight to 15-year-olds admitted they have strangers as friends on these sites, while 20% have met up with strangers they first encountered online.
It also emerged more than a quarter of eight to 15-year-olds have strangers as friends online, while 20 per cent have gone on to meet them in person.
Nearly a quarter of eight to 15-years-olds freely admit to being online bullies and posting deliberately offensive comments about others and, in extreme cases, stealing identities.
ABUSE: A quarter of eight to 15-years-olds admit to being online bullies and one third are affected by it