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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As soon as the session started around quarter past 10 instead of 9am regulation time, the Secretary Forest, who was supposed to answer questions on the day, was missing.
You're probably leaving home at half six and getting back at quarter past 10, every evening, or three evenings a week.
It was quarter past 10 and I had been travelling for almost four and a half hours.