(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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According to recent England statistics: n almost a quarter of three year olds are overweight or obese n almost one third of children aged between two and ten are overweight or obese n more than one third of children aged 11 and 15 are overweight or obese.