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alarm clock

a clock with a bell or buzzer that can be set to sound at a particular time, as to awaken someone.
Origin of alarm clock
First recorded in 1690-1700 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • So I advised Coonskin to set the alarm clock, just purchased, for ten a. m.

    On a Donkey's Hurricane Deck R. Pitcher Woodward
  • Sunny Boy told Jimmie about the alarm clock, and he laughed.

    Sunny Boy in the Country Ramy Allison White
  • I usually wake up a few minutes before it is time to get up, and simply use the alarm clock to confirm my suspicions.

    In Pastures Green Peter McArthur
  • Roger was wakened the next morning by the alarm clock in the dining room.

    The Forbidden Trail Honor Willsie
  • Besides, a servant wants an alarm clock to get her up in the morning.

    Once a Week Alan Alexander Milne
British Dictionary definitions for alarm clock

alarm clock

a clock with a mechanism that sounds at a set time: used esp for waking a person up
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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