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Quarter-boys

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n.pl Quarter-boys automata which strike the quarter-hours in certain belfries
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—L. quartariusquartus, fourth.

Usage

In literature:

Here they took up their quarters at Boy's house.
"Great African Travellers" by W.H.G. Kingston
The first lieutenant smelt the tobacco as the boy passed him on the quarter-deck.
"Peter Simple" by Frederick Marryat
As they left the Chief's quarters the boys roamed through the village.
"The Wonder Island Boys: Treasures of the Island" by Roger Thompson Finlay
I'll give each of 'em a quarter and the boy can have the knife.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1902 to 1903" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
I've been here with the boys for the last quarter of an hour.
"The Peril Finders" by George Manville Fenn
In the river the fish were so numerous that they seemed to entreat the boys to catch them, and to take them out of their crowded quarters.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
He saluted the quarter-deck, and he saluted Jack as he reported himself, smiling all over like the happy boy he was.
"As We Sweep Through The Deep" by Gordon Stables
Boys appointed to carry orders from the quarter-deck.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Sora Nanna had not been gone a quarter of an hour when a boy came in from the street.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
We'll go inspect the boys' quarters first hand.
"Dorothy on a Ranch" by Evelyn Raymond
The boys' quarters were roomy, eight sleeping together in an airy hut, while the married couples had houses of their own.
"Two Years with the Natives in the Western Pacific" by Felix Speiser
The dripping boys changed their quarters without a word.
"The Golden House" by Mrs. Woods Baker
Then he and the boys, who, although they had quarters aft, had been assigned to the port watch, went below and turned in.
"The Black Buccaneer" by Stephen W. Meader
Professor Snodgrass had managed to find quarters in a village not far from camp, and from there he came to see the boys occasionally.
"Ned, Bob and Jerry on the Firing Line" by Clarence Young
I'm tied here, like the 'Boy on the Burnin' Deck,' and when I do leave quarters it is al'lus on government business.
"The Girl Scouts at Sea Crest" by Lillian Garis
Boys hastened up from all quarters.
"Cuore (Heart)" by Edmondo De Amicis
From considerations of modesty, therefore, the boys always had to get sleepy a quarter of an hour before the young ladies.
"Walter Pieterse" by Multatuli
Dave and the farmer, with the two boys, searched around for the best part of a quarter of an hour, but without success.
"Dave Porter and His Double" by Edward Stratemeyer
Scotty quickly went through the simple routine, and within a quarter of a minute the boys were looking at the photo.
"The Flying Stingaree" by Harold Leland Goodwin
For a quarter of an hour the boy lay as if dead, and then rose up quite well.
"A History of Witchcraft in England from 1558 to 1718" by Wallace Notestein
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In poetry:

From bo'sun to the cabin boy,
From quarter to caboose,
There weren't a stitch of calico
To breech 'em - tight or loose.
"The Ship Of Rio" by Walter de la Mare
Yea ! let the south wind blow,
And the Turkish banner advance,
And the word go out : No quarter !
But I shall hod thee -so !
While the boys and maidens dance
About the shambles of slaughter !
"The Twins" by Aleister Crowley

In news:

TRAFALGAR Indian Creek took control in the third quarter, outscoring Greenwood 26-10, to advance in the Johnson County Boys Basketball tournament by the final score of 68-50.
Johnny's serves up a delicious roast beef po-boy in the French Quarter.
Driven by its upholstery and retail segments, La-Z-Boy said sales rose 7.6% in the quarter ended July 28.
Parkwood's boys survived Forest Hills' blistering start, but couldn't overcome the Yellow Jackets' big third quarter on Tuesday.
Russell's big quarter puts Devil boys back on track, 86-68.
Northeast Bradford's furious fourth quarter comeback came up short as they fell to Blue Ridge 38-31 in non-league boys' basketball action Monday.
Barnesville took the lead late in the first quarter and never gave it back in methodically holding off Bridgeport, 60-50, Friday night in boys' basketball action inside the Greenhouse in western Belmont County.
Aided by a national advertising campaign that helped drive a double-digit same-store sales increase at its retail store network, La-Z-Boy said sales rose 4.8% in the quarter ended Oct 27.
The Eau Claire Regis boys basketball team rallied with a fourth quarter comeback to beat Osseo-Fairchild 58-52 Thursday night at Chippewa Falls.
Smoky Hill's header ends Pine Creek's season in 5A boys' soccer quarters.
Host Iron Mountain drained three straight triples in a fourth-quarter surge and rallied past Gwinn, 57-50, in a wild and woolly Mid-Peninsula Conference boys basketball game Friday.
BOYS Oak Harbor 58, Edison 43 The Rockets notched their second win of the season, defeating Edison, 58-43, behind a strong third-quarter performance.
PELL CITY — Gardendale was held to just three points in the fourth quarter, and was passed by previously-winless Pell City in a 42-39 loss in Monday night boys basketball action.
The Minerva-Newcomb boys basketball team used a 15-7 fourth quarter to overtake the lead and secure a 39-31 victory over Lake Placid on Thursday night.
Nearly a quarter of a century ago, a young German boy named Frank Uesbeck wrote a message, stuffed it into a bottle and threw it out to sea.
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