(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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On average, a property in the North East is now worth less than one quarter of one in London.
Here in Barbados, we did experience some damage from Ivan, however less than a quarter of one per cent of the island's housing stock was damaged by the hurricane.
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Sir, - When there is change in the Bank of England base rate of less than one per cent, why is it always quoted on the news as a fraction of one per cent, ie a 'quarter of one per cent' as they then do not go on to say that the rate is now five and a half times one per cent?