mauvais quart d'heure

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

French loanword. Literally means "bad quarter of an hour"

Noun[edit]

mauvais quart d'heure

  1. (UK) A brief unpleasant period.
    • Oscar Wilde
      Life, Lady Stutfield, is simply a mauvais quart d'heure made up of exquisite moments.