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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We had no idea the Allies were in Europe, and when we heard noises at about a quarter past three, we looked out of the window -- which took a great effort -- and one of my friends said with a weak voice, 'I think we are getting liberated,' '' Oster said.
Waited for a train that was due at half two every day, got there at quarter past three without fail and the fares were much higher than here.
It was a shock and it was quarter past three when the kids come home from school, so it must have been a big shock for them, too.
I left Denmark at quarter past three in the morning and washed the bike and got everything ready when I got to England.
According to the Challakere police, the accident took place around quarter past three when the bus driver failed to negotiate a curve on a tank bund and hit a cement block on a small bridge.
Talking about decadent, yesterday I ate half a box of After Eights and it was only a quarter past three.
I feel sorry for P Fegan and his wife having to block the 'melody' of the birds in their houses as in my opinion as a countryman living in the town of Wrexham the greatest joy to me is waking up at quarter past three every morning to hear that melody when the birds welcome the dawn and in the late evening they say goodbye to the day and welcome the night.
He said: "We've laid a few ghosts to rest, our season started at quarter past three and then we played well and scored two good goals.
The results then used to come through on the radio at quarter past two, and they'd sit there talking nonsense and having a drink waiting for the results, and at quarter past three and quarter past four, and then evening stables would start at half past four and they all used to roll back pissed.
You get to feel a savage hatred for the clock every time you turn over and look at it: quarter past three, twenty to five, half past six and you may as well chuck it in and get up.
I've been awake since quarter past three - it's only now that it's sinking in.
I put my head in my hands and the next thing I looked at my watch and it was a quarter past three.
Horologically, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three.
It was great but I had to get up at quarter past three every morning and be down on the farm for about half past.
The Herefordshire lead was extended to 98 before the rain halted the home side's second innings at a quarter past three.