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 Quart d’Heure (Mauvais).Quarter-days in England and Ireland:— 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Quarter.
 
To grant quarter. To spare the life of an enemy in your power. Dr. Tusler says:—“It originated from an agreement anciently made between the Dutch and the Spaniards, that the ransom of a soldier should be the quarter of his pay.” (French, donner and demander quartier.)   1
 


 Quart d’Heure (Mauvais).Quarter-days in England and Ireland:— 

 
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