Definition of mauvais quart d'heure in English:

mauvais quart d'heure

noun

  • A short period of time which is embarrassing and unnerving; a brief but unpleasant experience.

Origin

Mid 19th century. From French mauvais quart d'heure from mauvais bad + quart d'heure quarter of an hour (from quart quarter + d' + heure).

Pronunciation

mauvais quart d'heure

/məʊˈveɪ ˈkɑː ˈdəː/