time clock

noun

Definition of time clock

: a clock that stamps starting and quitting times on an employee's time card

Examples of time clock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In one corner there's now a time clock and a rack of time cards - not for the staff, but rather for customers to clock in for their shifts of down time. Ian Mcnulty, NOLA.com, "Old Bourbon Street bar Johnny White’s, closed since March, becomes new Local 718," 3 Dec. 2020 Scheduled for next Thursday in Miami, the debate will feature C-Span’s Steve Scully as human time clock. Karl Rove, WSJ, "Who’s Ready for Trump-Biden Round Two?," 7 Oct. 2020 Olt turned third base over to Kris Bryant in 2015, suffering a wrist injury after Bryant had been in the minors long enough to avoid starting his service-time clock. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Column: The architects. The albatrosses. Even the Twitter gaffes. The White Sox and Cubs rebuilds have a lot in common.," 19 Sep. 2020 Keoghan brings out a hokey elimination totem — a giant time clock where the losing contestants must punch out each week. Washington Post, "CBS’s ‘Tough as Nails’ tries to celebrate hard work, but its tough talk smacks of class divide," 7 July 2020 Asked if the Giants would be hesitant to begin Bart’s service-time clock in a short season, Zaidi hinted the plan to call up Bart at some point this season hasn’t changed. John Shea, SFChronicle.com, "Outlook for Giants’ Gabe Kapler, Farhan Zaidi: We’re starting in a pennant race," 30 June 2020 The company staggered work shifts to reduce foot traffic around time clocks. Dallas News, "How a Grand Prairie factory reopens: Change half the jobs and bring everyone back slowly," 20 May 2020 If Mize and Manning were to arrive this year, others next, their service time clocks will begin ticking down to free agency. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' pitching prospects may be set back an entire year. That might be a good thing," 10 May 2020 On the other hand, the Giants will benefit because these prospects won’t be starting their big-league service-time clocks any time soon. John Shea, SFChronicle.com, "Five ways Giants will be affected by MLB’s new deal, from draft to free agents," 27 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of time clock

1887, in the meaning defined above

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“Time clock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/time%20clock. Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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time clock

noun

English Language Learners Definition of time clock

: a special clock that is used to record the times when an employee starts and stops working

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