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or three-quarters

[three-kwawr-ter] /ˈθriˈkwɔr tər/
consisting of or involving three quarters of a whole or of the usual length:
a blouse with a three-quarter sleeve.
(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
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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


being three quarters of something: a three-quarter turn
being of three quarters the normal length
  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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