crotchet :

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  • n  a sharp curve or crook; a shape resembling a hook
  • n  a musical note having the time value of a quarter of a whole note
  • n  a strange attitude or habit
  • n  a small tool or hooklike implement

  • France's diminished cultural profile would be just another interesting national crotchet like Italy's low birthrate, or Russia's fondness for vodka if France weren't France.
  • The orchestra negotiated all of them with every minim and crotchet in place," and with a typical air of lyric enthusiasm.
  • Here in our happy democracy everyone's opinion is equally valuable, everyone's question is equally informed, and every crotchet and quirk is equally worthy of the President's time.
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