quarter past (a given hour in time)

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quarter past (a given hour in time)

A quarter of an hour (15 minutes) after the named hour in time. A: "What time does the movie start?" B: "Not until a quarter past eight, so we've got plenty of time!" I thought I'd be home already, but with this traffic, it'll be quarter past before I'm back.
See also: given, hour, past, quarter
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Abu Dhabi: It's a quarter past 12 in the middle of the desert on a scorching Friday afternoon.
It stopped at a quarter past 12, and I'd never have done that in the past.
And just for once, I think she could appreciate watching a film until a quarter past 12.
We're usually back home at a quarter past 12 and it's time for bed to be up for work in the morning.