watch the clock


: to pay close attention to the passing of time on a clock
especially : to pay close attention to the time remaining on the clock for a particular part of a game

Examples of watch the clock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Blackstone employees don’t watch the clock, Ross noted. Byluisa Beltran, Fortune, 21 Aug. 2023 Until then, fans will have to watch the clock on Rodrigo's website count down to the big release. Kate Perez, USA TODAY, 14 June 2023 People think—or thought, perhaps—that smart thermostats reduce consumption because they are supposed to do more than watch the clock and the mercury. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, 26 Sep. 2022 Monitors would watch the clock, Olympic officials said. New York Times, 28 July 2021 The downside is that diners don’t watch the clock. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, 27 Jan. 2021 Whatever broad rules and computations make those interactions (and others) possible may underlie our experience of time, but until they are pinpointed, scientists can only watch the clock — or clocks — in anticipation. Quanta Magazine, 24 Sep. 2020

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“Watch the clock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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