the clock


: a clock that is used in sports and that shows how much time remains for a particular part of a game
They were winning by 2 points with 10 seconds (left) on the clock.
They stopped the (game) clock with eight seconds remaining.
: a special clock that is used to record the times when an employee starts and stops working : time clock
I punched the clock at 8:45 and started working right away.
chiefly British : a device that shows how far a vehicle has traveled
a car with 100,000 miles on the clock

Examples of the clock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In addition, Chinese labor law says workers need to have one day off a week and cannot be on the clock for more than 40 hours in a week, with overtime not to exceed 36 hours per month, Public Eye wrote. Marco Quiroz-Gutierrez, Fortune, 13 May 2024 Nurses beget nurses Here’s one intervention that nurses say would reduce burnout and stem their exodus: make sure that enough registered nurses are at the bedside around the clock to care for patients safely. Karen B. Lasater and K. Jane Muir, STAT, 10 May 2024 Boston closes out the second with another goal The Bruins closed out the second period with a third goal, this time from Brandon Carlo, with 20.6 seconds left on the clock. Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald, 7 May 2024 At first, there was a lot of talk about time limits and rappers being on the clock as the hip-hop community waited with bated breath for Kendrick to respond. Angel Diaz, Billboard, 7 May 2024 And as the clock continues to tick, House Minority Leader Crystal Quade, a Springfield Democrat, has filed her own bill to renew the taxes. Kacen Bayless, Kansas City Star, 2 May 2024 In that moment, several dozen faculty activists volunteered to join the students in shifts around the clock at their encampment on campus. Anemona Hartocollis, New York Times, 2 May 2024 Hours of operation: The Living Room is open around the clock year-round. Michelle Marchante, Miami Herald, 2 May 2024 Others include spending a night in the Ferrari Museum in Maranello, Italy, staying in the clock room in the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, or sleeping in a bedroom in a Minneapolis, Minnesota home purchased by musician Prince after it was featured in the film Purple Rain. Mallory Moench, TIME, 2 May 2024

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“The clock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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