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Quart dʹHeure (Mauvais)

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A time of annoyance. The time between the arrival of the guests and the announcement of dinner is emphatically called the mauvais quart dʹheure; but the phrase has a much larger application: thus we say the Cabinet Ministers must have had a mauvais quart dʹheure when opening a number of telegrams of a troublesome character.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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