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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

11 Downing Street

The address of the residence of the Chancellor of the Exchequer of the United Kingdom, used by extension to refer to the Chancellor of the Exchequer or UK's treasury department. Primarily heard in UK. What's the word from 11 Downing Street? How will this change affect our taxes? 10 and 11 Downing Street have to find a way to work together on this issue, or else it will never be resolved.
See also: 11, Down, street

11th commandment

A well-known or widely accepted practice or axiom in a particular setting or situation. Because the phrase alludes to the Biblical 10 Commandments, 11th commandments sometimes also start with "Thou shalt." Fostering strong relationships with clients is the 11th commandment around here—after all, they're the ones that keep us in business. "Thou shalt clean thy room" was the 11th commandment in my parents' house when I was growing up.
See also: 11th

20 to (some hour)

Twenty minutes before the next hour. Come on, kids, hurry up! It's already 20 to 8, and we have to be there by 8:10! A: "Is it 5:40? Or 20 to 6?" B: "It's both. You do know that they refer to the same time, right?"
See also: 20, to

at the tender age of

At the young age of. This phrase is used to emphasize how young one was when one did something in particular. The age is stated after "of." I'm not surprised to hear that he was doing science experiments at the tender age of seven—he's a child genius!
See also: age, of, tender

film at 11

cliché Primarily heard in US.
1. A phrase used in broadcast journalism during clips of news stories that are to be featured in greater detail later (when a news program airs, traditionally at 11 PM) Coming up tonight—doctors who let their pets perform surgery. Film at 11.
2. Used by extension to indicate something not at all newsworthy. A: "Don't you think that's interesting?" B: "No, not really. 'Local boy discovers big pit in a field. Film at 11.'"
See also: 11, film

more at 11

cliché Primarily heard in US.
1. Formerly used by television news broadcasters to advertise the fact that footage of a breaking news story would be shown during the 11 PM local news slot. Coming up tonight—doctors who let their pets perform surgery? More at 11.
2. Used by extension to indicate something not at all newsworthy. A: "Don't you think that's interesting?" B: "No, not really. 'Local boy discovers big pit in a field. More at 11.'"
See also: 11, more

Number 11

The address of the residence of the Chancellor of the Exchequer of the United Kingdom, used by extension to refer to the Chancellor of the Exchequer or UK's treasury department. Primarily heard in UK. What's the word from Number 11? How will this change affect our taxes? Number 10 and Number 11 Downing Street have to find a way to work together on this issue, or else it will never be resolved.
See also: 11, number

quarter past (a given hour in time)

A quarter of an hour (15 minutes) after the named hour in time. A: "What time does the movie start?" B: "Not until a quarter past eight, so we've got plenty of time!" I thought I'd be home already, but with this traffic, it'll be quarter past before I'm back.
See also: given, hour, past, quarter

up to eleven

To an intense, excessive, or extreme degree; at or beyond the maximum amount or normal threshold. (Coined in the 1984 comedy film This is Spinal Tap, referring to the guitar player's amplifier going to eleven, as opposed to the traditional limit of ten.) Some of the best nights we had when we were teenagers were spent just driving aimlessly, cranking the car stereo up to eleven. Whenever our parents' fighting got up to eleven, my sister and I made ourselves scarce.
See also: eleven, to, up
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