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  • 1Consisting of three quarters of something in terms of size, length, time, etc.: a three-quarter-length cashmere coat
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    • The first is around 11-years-old, 5 foot 3 inches tall with long dark hair, who was wearing a three-quarter length beige coat and a white top and black trousers.
    • He says it could add extra ounces to his already heavy weight, which the star keeps camouflaged at home under tracksuits and three-quarter length coats.
    • He was wearing a three-quarter length over-sized black coat, woolly black hat and scarf, which covered almost all of his face.
  • 1.1(Of a view or depiction of a person’s face) at an angle between full face and profile: he couldn’t draw people in three-quarter view
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    • Students also may imagine how it would look from different angles from the three-quarter view seen here that includes two sides of each box, but with more of one side visible than the other.
    • In the life-size portrait, Correggio painted a young woman in three-quarter view, seated beneath trees of laurel and ivy, which form a kind of niche around her head.
    • Two of the more expressive and powerfully structured compositions show the artist in three-quarter view, dramatically lit.


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  • 1 Rugby Each of four players in a team positioned across the field behind the half backs: he was playing three-quarter for Blackheath
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    • From a ruck in the middle of the field the ball was flashed across the three-quarters.
    • York weathered the onslaught and their stylised and pacey three-quarters in turn began to threaten.
    • The pack began to dominate in set pieces, and supply their nimble three-quarters with ample, quality ball.
  • 2A point in time forty-five minutes after any full hour of the clock: the cathedral clock was chiming the three-quarter


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  • To a size or extent of three quarters: three-quarter-grown rabbits

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