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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At a quarter past one the door opened, and the two gentlemen came out; they got into the cab without a word, and told Jerry where to drive, that was nearly two miles.
A quarter past one now struck, and the bell began tolling for dinner; so they went into the hall and took their places, Tom at the very bottom of the second table, next to the prepostor (who sat at the end to keep order there), and East a few paces higher.
We tried ten options to no avail and were let down badly by one player who told us he would sign a short-term deal then turned round at quarter past one on Tuesday with a different story," Brown said.
AT QUARTER past one on the night of December 12 last year, the manager of a Gurgaon pub ran over five policemen, seriously injuring one, near the Commonwealth Village in East Delhi.
But I had this thing the other day because I'd said a quarter past one and they didn't get it.
I woke up at quarter past one to a loud bang," explained Eric 87.
Our gaffer John Coughlin arranged for the lads to be there for quarter past one but a contingency plan was made in case the game was called off.
It is a quarter past one in the afternoon and the photographer is looking across at the Council House in a view which has changed little today except that the ladies are wearing crinoline dresses and there are horse drawn carriages processing towards New Street.
At a quarter past one on Monday, there are two cars in the car park-three counting ours; 20 by the end of the afternoon.
You've got to be ready at ten past two for the race, not at quarter past one.