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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Sometimes it's so all-consuming it's all you can do not to let out snotty sobs that make the general public think you're drunk on gin at quarter past 4 on a Tuesday.
Now I am sat on the train trying not to look drunk on gin at quarter past 4 and waiting until they get home and can call them and be told she was fine three minutes later and is watching Road Runner and pushing the freaky dolly with the granny perm around the house in circuits like she has been for the past three days straight.