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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Duchess read the letter and wrote an answer:--"I will come with much pleasure at a quarter past four. But it is very strange.
At a quarter past four to the minute, there came a most genteel little tap-tappity.
We got away at a quarter past four, P.M.; a hundred yards above the hotel the railway divided; one track went straight up the steep hill, the other one turned square off to the right, with a very slight grade.
He saw that it was the hour agreed upon: the great court clock pointed to a quarter past four. He did not disturb his valet de chambre, who was sleeping soundly at some distance; he dressed himself, and the valet, in a great fright sprang up, thinking he had been deficient in his duty; but the king sent him back again, commanding him to preserve the most absolute silence.
"It is only a quarter past four" showing his watch -- "and you are not now in Bath.
As the church clock struck the quarter past four, the morning-room door opened; and Mrs.
Prosecutor Harry Hadfield said: "It was quarter past four in the morning.
EVERTON and Liverpool will discover their third round opponents in this season's Carabao Cup - at quarter past four on Thursday morning!
By quarter past four we were very worried that something very much out of the ordinary was happening.
When the job is bone, And everyone has gone, At the start of rush hour, Around quarter past four, The office becomes a twilight zone.
If they could agree it's "quarter past four," I could live with it.
And, lo and behold, after going through a harrowing 29-hour labour, finished off in an emergency operating theatre with an episiotomy (don't ask) at a quarter past four in the morning; at eight o'clock still dazed, wrecked by fatigue having been unable to get up for a shower but given a quick bed bath, I was asked very seriously if I'd like to go home!
The hulking defender said: "The alarm went off at about half past three and we weren't allowed back into our rooms until about quarter past four.
In this country alone more than eight million will tune into Channel 4 shortly after quarter past four - when many will be watching their rst - and last - horse race of the year.
We never got going in the second half and to me, the referee could have blown the final whistle at a quarter past four, because I just didn't have the impression that we could get another goal.