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1‘the Latin quarter of Paris’
district, area, region, part, side, neighbourhood, precinct, locality, sector, section, zone, tract, belt
ghetto, community, colony
pocket, enclave, territory, province, parish, ward
2‘help came from an unexpected quarter’
source, direction, place, point, spot, location
3quarters‘rooms that had once been servants' quarters’
accommodation, lodgings, rooms, chambers, place of residence, home, shelter
British informal digs
informal, dated pad, billet
formal abode, dwelling, dwelling place, residence, domicile, habitation
4‘the riot squads gave no quarter, using their batons liberally’
mercy, leniency, clemency, lenity, compassion, pity, charity, forbearance, indulgence, kindness, sympathy, tolerance
1‘they were quartered in a sumptuous villa’
accommodate, house, board, lodge, give accommodation to, provide with accommodation, put up, take in, give a bed to, install, give a roof to, put a roof over someone's head, shelter
informal, dated billet
2‘I started to quarter the streets, eyes peeled for the car’
patrol, range over, tour, reconnoitre, traverse, survey, inspect, spy out, scout
British informal recce
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