mauvais quart d'heure

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mauvais quart d'heure

(movɛ kar dœr)
n
Brit a brief unpleasant experience
[literally: (a) bad quarter of an hour]
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mauvais quart d'heure

A French phrase meaning bad quarter of an hour, used to mean any short period during which something unpleasant happens.
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When you arrived we were in for a peculiarly mauvais quart d'heure."
And it is possible that she had a mauvais quart d'heure in consequence!
Life, Lady Stutfield, is simply a MAUVAIS QUART D'HEURE made up of exquisite moments.
Et les Marocains vont vivre un mauvais quart d'heure, puisque leurs adversaires du jour etaient a plusieurs reprises en position d'ouvrir le score.