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mauvais quart d'heure

/movɛ kar dœr/
(Brit) a brief unpleasant experience
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literally: (a) bad quarter of an hour
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  • The result of Olympe's aspirations was, we know, such a mauvais quart d'heure with Anne for the Cardinal as to terrify him.

    Court Beauties of Old Whitehall W. R. H. Trowbridge
  • Life is simply a 'mauvais quart d'heure' made up of exquisite moments.

  • Liane herself had long since put quite out of mind that mauvais quart d'heure.

    Alias The Lone Wolf Louis Joseph Vance
  • Let me tell you that married life is a mauvais quart d'heure made up of exquisite week-ends.

    The Sixth Sense Stephen McKenna
  • So he and the famous goat were mutually spared many a mauvais quart d'heure.

    Darkness and Dawn George Allan England
  • There was a mauvais quart d'heure below, during which, I am ashamed to say, I forgot the quest.

    The Riddle of the Sands Erskine Childers
  • And it is possible that she had a mauvais quart d'heure in consequence!

  • In fact, the mauvais quart d'heure was really due to the innate womanly weakness of Mademoiselle Justine Delande.

    A Fascinating Traitor Richard Henry Savage
  • "I really couldn't tell you, sir," answered Horace, who was beginning to understand how very bad a mauvais quart d'heure can be.

    The Brass Bottle F. Anstey
  • The news from Egypt is certainly not reassuring, and the mauvais quart d'heure may arrive at any moment.

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