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an instrument that shows what time it is, in a room or outside on a building
on the church tower
I lay there listening to the
alarm clock for
made sure it would ring at 6:30
and I didn't wake up in time.
the clock strike six
by the hall/kitchen/church etc clock
according to a particular clock
What time is it by the kitchen clock?
the clock is slow/fast
the clock is showing an earlier or later time than the real time
The station clock was ten minutes slow.
wind (up) a clock
turn a key in a clock so that it keeps working
set a clock by something
change the time on a clock according to the time on the television, radio etc
I set my clock by the 6 o'clock news.
the front part of a clock
➔ watch the clock
around the clock
round the clock
all day and all night without stopping
Kim has been
working round the clock
to finish it in time.
put/turn the clock back
set the clock back
to go back to the way things were done in the past instead of doing things in a modern way - used in order to show disapproval
The new employment bill will put the clock back fifty years.
to return to a good situation that you experienced in the past or to make someone remember such a situation
The kids are all grown up now and you
can't put the clocks back
put the clock(s) back/forward
to change the time shown on the clock to one hour earlier or later, when the time officially changes
the clocks go back/forward
the time changes officially to one hour earlier or later
The clocks go back in October.
against the clock
if you work against the clock, you work as quickly as you can because you do not have much time
racing against the clock
to get things ready in time.
if you run, swim etc against the clock, you run or swim a particular distance while your speed is measured
twenty-four hour clock
a system for measuring time in which the hours of the day and night have numbers from 0 to 23
start/stop the clock
to start or stop measuring how much time is left in a game or sport that has a time limit
an instrument in a vehicle that measures how far it has travelled
on the clock
a car with 43,000 miles on the clock
an instrument in a vehicle that measures the speed at which it is travelling
run out the clock/kill the clock
if a team runs out the clock at the end of a game, it tries to keep the ball for the rest of the game so that its opponents cannot get any points
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
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