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three-quarter

or three-quarters

[three-kwawr-ter] /ˈθriˈkwɔr tər/
adjective
1.
consisting of or involving three quarters of a whole or of the usual length:
a blouse with a three-quarter sleeve.
2.
(of a portrait) showing the face as seen from in front and somewhat to the side:
a three-quarter view.
Origin of three-quarter
late Middle English
1400-1450
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50
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  • Take them out at three-quarter gallop down the back stretch.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • Thence they passed to "half," "three-quarter" and "full" hands.

    The Negro Farmer Carl Kelsey
  • At the three-quarter post he was so far ahead that the jockey must have been lonely.

  • The night air was clear with a three-quarter moon well up in the sky.

    Nan of Music Mountain Frank H. Spearman
  • I'd rather spare two from the pack and have Godfrey for my three-quarter line.

    The Return of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle
  • A Bust of a Man, seen in a three-quarter view, having mustacheos.

  • Now it had leapt backwards, and presented a three-quarter rear view.

    "Wee Tim'rous Beasties" Douglas English
  • They number four thinnish ones, and represent three-quarter rations.

    A Yeoman's Letters

    P. T. Ross
  • He could see John Verney full face, three-quarter face, and half-face.

    The Hill Horace Annesley Vachell
British Dictionary definitions for three-quarter

three-quarter

adjective
1.
being three quarters of something: a three-quarter turn
2.
being of three quarters the normal length
noun
3.
(rugby)
  1. any of the four players between the fullback and the halfbacks
  2. this position
  3. (as modifier): three-quarter play
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