(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.
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He drank a quarter of a pint before breakfast, and then walked up a hill; and another quarter of a pint after breakfast, and then walked down a hill; and, after every fresh quarter of a pint, Mr.
Pickwick among the number, met each other in the pump room, took their quarter of a pint, and walked constitutionally.
The Japanese quarter of Yokohama is called Benten, after the goddess of the sea, who is worshipped on the islands round about.
He observed that the butchers stalls contained neither mutton, goat, nor pork; and, knowing also that it is a sacrilege to kill cattle, which are preserved solely for farming, he made up his mind that meat was far from plentiful in Yokohama-- nor was he mistaken; and, in default of butcher's meat, he could have wished for a quarter of wild boar or deer, a partridge, or some quails, some game or fish, which, with rice, the Japanese eat almost exclusively.
The City (as it is called) is the most populous part of London in the daytime; but at night, when it ceases to be the center of commerce, its busy population melts away, and the empty streets assume the appearance of a remote and deserted quarter of the metropolis.
I could not have slept over a quarter of an hour when I was suddenly awakened by the passing of some cold and clammy thing across my forehead.
It was only two shillings a month, and it covered medical attendance and the use of a library of worn novels; but as four shillings a month besides was stopped for washing, Philip discovered that a quarter of his six shillings a week would never be paid to him.
For the final quarter of 2005, the following significant leases were signed in the County:
After rising only fractionally in the fourth quarter of 1995, real gross domestic product posted a solid gain over the first half of 1996, providing a considerable lift to job growth.
NYSE: CX), announced today that consolidated net sales increased 13% in the fourth quarter of 2006 to US$4.
1% vacancy rate and 5,394,523 available square feet for the 1st quarter of 2004.
AUSTIN, Texas -- TEL Offshore Trust (Nasdaq:TELOZ) announced the Trust's quarterly distribution for the fourth quarter of 2006.
Total inventory of 30,337,854 SF during the first quarter of 2002 reflected a modest 1% increase over the first quarter of 2001.
Never has this been more evident than in the third quarter of 1999, as strong leasing activity and solid absorption - primarily in downtown Stamford - helped counter the impact of large blocks of space added to the market earlier this year by corporate downsizings and new construction.