before the hour

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Definition of before the hour

used with a certain number of minutes to indicate how long before the beginning of an hour something will happenTrains leave the station every hour at ten minutes before the hour.

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“Before the hour.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/before%20the%20hour. Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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