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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"By the way, I've got a lecture at nine, so I should want breakfast at a quarter past eight. Can you manage that?"
The evening of the fight at quarter past eight, Saxon parted from Billy.
Aislabie say that the stumps must be drawn at a quarter past eight exactly."
"At quarter past eight on Saturday morning Mila came, so no sleep.
Martin said: "She was last seen at quarter past eight at home by her daughter.
We were told at quarter past eight that it was off.
"But there has been a change in him since a quarter past eight this morning, when he became a father," said Mr Speed, who pointed out that Treacy also has a job in a sandwich shop.
The ladies start coming in around a quarter past eight to set up their stalls and the chatter and bustle as they get everything ready is all very Miss Read.
By the time her hand was bound and the cat was fed, it was a quarter past eight. Well, she would show her face, and the injured hand, then hope for the best.
He said: "Quarter past eight in the morning, there will be a solid traffic jam from Western Avenue to Danescourt.
"We trained very hard and trained every day out there at a quarter past eight in the morning," he said.
Denise: Quarter past eight, but I wake early with heartburn.
Continue in this manner, connecting quarter past eight with fifteen white rods, or 8:15; three-quarters past eight with forty-five white rods, or forty-five minutes past eight, or 8:45.