(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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Any commuter along EDSA must start off before quarter of seven so as not to be caught in heavy traffic.
A QUARTER of seven to 10-year-olds own mobile phones.
A quarter of seven to 10-year-olds own a mobile, double the number in 2001.