American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Fifteen minutes.
- n. The point on a clock's face marking either 15 minutes after or 15 minutes before an hour.
- n. a quarter of an hour
“With each quarter-hour chime, I prayed, “Maybe a baby next year, Lord, maybe a baby next year.””
“Until the last quarter-hour Blackburn played the more composed football and were usually quicker to the ball when it was not being given to them by the opposition's lackadaisical passing.”
“Getting your AARP card and a gout diagnosis—that is one bad quarter-hour.”
“A crucial question, inimical to my quality of life, at least for the next quarter-hour, confronted me: What street, or streets, to cut east on?”
“The doorbell rang at exactly 8:15— a rather amateurish version of“fashionably late,” thought Marilyn, who, whenshewas a guest, made it a point to show up to these sorts of evenings at 8:12 or 8:18 or 8:27 but never exactly on the so-obviously-calculated quarter-hour.”
“Now all it needs is a collection of animatronic dolls singing "It's A Small World After All," over and over on the quarter-hour.”
“For all their huff and puff, Manchester United haven't done much in the opening minutes of the final quarter-hour and that foul seems to have been borne of frustration.”
“But in the last quarter-hour his production achieves a magical simplicity that induces a sense of awe and wonder.”
“On the quarter-hour Leo Messi had produced an assist that was almost a carbon copy of the one provided for David Villa when Barcelona defeated Real Madrid 5-0 last November.”
“From the moment Van Persie became the first name in the book on the quarter-hour mark for fouling Joan Capdevila, Webb was on a hiding to nothing.”
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