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
References in classic literature ?
At a quarter past nine, precisely, to commence work for her employer; at one, she had a remission of half an hour; and at six, she became her own mistress.
At quarter past nine, with hot water, ice, and everything ready in anticipation, she heard the gate click and Billy's step come up the porch.
"At four o'clock the finger was off and it was back on by quarter past nine," Kelly said.
He used to be making decisions at quarter to ten in the morning, but it's usually ten past or quarter past nine these days - he's doing it before he has his toast at the minute!
"How's your steak?" "Quarter past nine." The charity's survey said two in five people opt for a takeaway rather than suffer the noise of eating out.
At a quarter past nine, I spot a large black sedan entering the compound.
"My schedule for the last four months has been getting up at seven in the morning, going to work from eight 'til 8.30pm, going straight to the studio, getting there at about a quarter past nine and then training from a quarter past nine 'til about 12 or 1am, getting home for half one, learning my lines, getting into bed just after two, getting to sleep about half two and then getting up at seven and doing it again."
A quarter past nine, it's just the four of them, plus lifelong gal pal Kirby (Kirby Bliss Blanton), sitting around playing videogames in Thomas' living room.
"When I was at Blackpool it helped that I only lived 15 minutes down the road but we had to be in for 10 and I would be getting up at quarter past nine. Here I'm getting up early because there's a buzz and a feelgood factor about coming in here."
"In the morning we all meet up at quarter past nine on the pitch and putt golf course.
In the offending clip he could be seen sat in a car talking to the camera and joked about the pronunciation of Wal Mart on his satnav, before continuing: "It's quarter past nine at night here which obviously is still quite early.
My housemaid came in to work around a quarter past nine, as usual by public transport which she takes from Gudaibiya.
"By quarter past nine, the school hall was overflowing with princesses, cheerleaders, pirates and fairies - and many more besides.
'I found out on the radio going in at a quarter to nine and I wasn't meeting the chairman and Jez Moxey until quarter past nine. But somehow it got out.
'We got down there at about quarter past nine and at first it looked quite daunting as the whole pitch was covered in about three or four inches of snow.