(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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Disturbing statistics show that Birmingham has one of the highest rates in the UK with a quarter of ten year olds now clinically obese and 40 per cent overweight by the time they leave primary school.
We reinforced our leadership position in the hand-held market with the release during the third quarter of ten new titles for Game Boy Advance.
Dr Adrian Phillips, director of public health, said it was "almost a scandal" that a quarter of ten and 11-year-olds were clinically obese.
Also, results were negatively affected somewhat by the opening during the quarter of ten additional stores which have not yet become fully productive.
Throw in the fact that just under ten per cent of 12 to 15-year-olds have apparently taken drugs, including cannabis, cocaine and ''magic mushrooms'' and that only ''a quarter of ten to 15-year-olds have never been drunk'' and you begin to wonder if this report could read any worse.