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
References in classic literature ?
By the way, I've got a lecture at nine, so I should want breakfast at a quarter past eight.
The evening of the fight at quarter past eight, Saxon parted from Billy.
A magazine in the ethnically divided northern town of Kosovska Mitrovica reported: "It's a quarter past eight in the evening.
But there has been a change in him since a quarter past eight this morning, when he became a father," said Mr Speed, who pointed out that Treacy also has a job in a sandwich shop.
The ladies start coming in around a quarter past eight to set up their stalls and the chatter and bustle as they get everything ready is all very Miss Read.
By the time her hand was bound and the cat was fed, it was a quarter past eight.
He said: "At 10 past or quarter past eight in the morning there will be a solid traffic jam from Western Avenue to Danescourt.
We trained very hard and trained every day out there at a quarter past eight in the morning," he said.
But when it got to quarter past eight in the evening and nothing had happened, we realised they meant the year.
At just gone a quarter past eight last night, the Holte Enders must have thought they'd died and gone to heaven.
Denise: Quarter past eight, but I wake early with heartburn.
But why George, the main early-morning villain, decided to sleep until quarter past eight at Nanny's house I'll never know.
We were done by quarter past eight," Simon says, "so we could go out for some drinks, have some dinner, chill out.
QUARTER past eight in the morning is not a conventional time to play a gig But when you are squeezing in three live performances across the length and breadth of Scotland in nine hours, you need to start early.