a bad quarter of an hour

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a bad quarter of an hour

old-fashioned A brief period of time that proves to be particularly difficult, unpleasant, or detrimental. Primarily heard in UK. It was a bad quarter of an hour outside of the courtroom, waiting for my name to be called. The team performed brilliantly—there wasn't a bad quarter of an hour in the entire match. A preeminent economic analyst predicts that the recent downturn in the markets will be nothing more than a bad quarter of an hour.
See also: bad, hour, of, quarter

a bad quarter of an hour

a short but very unpleasant period of time; an unnerving experience.
A bad quarter of an hour is a translation of the French phrase un mauvais quart d'heure , which has also been current in English since the mid 19th century.
See also: bad, hour, of, quarter
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Otherwise we should long ago have been in the mountains of Bohemia, and you and your army would have spent a bad quarter of an hour between two fires."
Assuming Wednesday's trades are not a hedge, they are a clear sign a large trader (likely an institution) is betting Netflix will once again prove its bad quarter was an outlier and not the beginning of a new trend.
Rutkiewicz added: "If we can get a victory on Saturday it turns into another not bad quarter.
Before Tuesday's earnings call, analysts were already expecting CEO Stefano Pessina to admit to a bad quarter. They were taken aback, however, when Pessina described Q2 2019 ending Feb.
It seems to be more than just a bad quarter for the maker of Oscar Mayer hot dogs and Kraft macaroni and cheese.
MacDonald said Devon blamed its second sequential bad quarter on asset sales.
One bad quarter of poor sales can mess up the best-laid plans.
European bourses struggled, with the Euro Stoxx 50 off over 1%, while the German DAX sank 1.4% after another bad quarter for Deutsche.
He said, "It wasn't a bad quarter but for the impairment, we consciously took, to keep our balance sheet clean," adding but for the write-off the net profit would have been Rs 3,898 crore.
Even in a bad quarter of not meeting sales targets, Apple takes home more than 90% of the entire smartphone industry's profits.
Online advertising is flexible--Having a bad quarter? Online ad activity can be reduced--or even turned off--with relative ease.
NEW YORK -- It was another bad quarter for Sears Holdings Corp.
"We knew that it was a bad quarter and we knew that there was a confluence of negative inputs such as from government inventories.
31, it was that a combination of increasing subscription prices -- and adding metered access to web sites -- has made what could have been a really bad quarter only moderately bad.
"No game is easy in Division One so if we play a bad quarter in each game but still win by 19 points, I'll take it all day long."