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 ?
Duchess read the letter and wrote an answer:--"I will come with much pleasure at a quarter past four.
At a quarter past four to the minute, there came a most genteel little tap-tappity.
He saw that it was the hour agreed upon: the great court clock pointed to a quarter past four.
As the church clock struck the quarter past four, the morning-room door opened; and Mrs.
By quarter past four we were very worried that something very much out of the ordinary was happening.
In this country alone more than eight million will tune into Channel 4 shortly after quarter past four - when many will be watching their rst - and last - horse race of the year.
When the job is bone, And everyone has gone, At the start of rush hour, Around quarter past four, The office becomes a twilight zone.
We never got going in the second half and to me, the referee could have blown the final whistle at a quarter past four, because I just didn't have the impression that we could get another goal.
And, lo and behold, after going through a harrowing 29-hour labour, finished off in an emergency operating theatre with an episiotomy (don't ask) at a quarter past four in the morning; at eight o'clock still dazed, wrecked by fatigue having been unable to get up for a shower but given a quick bed bath, I was asked very seriously if I'd like to go home
The hulking defender said: "The alarm went off at about half past three and we weren't allowed back into our rooms until about quarter past four.
It was quarter past four when I finally made the breakthrough.