(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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Yet a quarter of five year-olds and one in three ten year-olds in this country are overweight, many of them dangerously.
Inspectors said the health of children and young people in Birmingham was improving, although high levels of obesity remained, with up to a quarter of five to 15-year olds overweight.
We currently expect unit shipment growth in the second quarter of five to ten percent compared to the second quarter of 2004.