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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"That was at a quarter past 11 and the race started around one o'clock, and I had 153 miles to travel.
They had the biggest Cup story for years on Saturday night - and chose to screen it at quarter past 11. At least traumatised Evertonians will have been able to pack themselves off to bed before the familiar Match Of The Day theme tune cranked up.
If 24 for three had sounded bad at a quarter past 11 yesterday morning, the Sri Lankans were in danger of turning pale by comparison at 14 for four.