Waitstaff, whose hourly wages are a fairly trivial part of their compensation, will presumably just clock out and keep working.
The madwoman might easily mistake the date and hasten the catastrophe, like a clock out of order which strikes an hour too soon.
The clock out in the kitchen struck eleven ponderously as Helen set the bottle away and put the screen before the window.
They've had a mighty good chance at it, sprawlin' around here on the floor and the clock out o' sight behind the pulpit.'
It was not till 1837 that it occurred to any of these ingenious makers of timepieces to produce a one-day clock out of brass.
Why are the selfish agitators among the operatives like the works of a clock out of order?
I want you to come and get your clock out of my sight and if you have time to saw me some wood I will pay cash.
The sunlight came in, and her shadow, set in a bright square, wavered on the floor; the clock out in the kitchen ticked.
late 14c., clokke, originally "clock with bells," probably from Middle Dutch clocke (Dutch klok) "a clock," from Old North French cloque (Old French cloke, Modern French cloche), from Medieval Latin (7c.) clocca "bell," probably from Celtic (cf. Old Irish clocc, Welsh cloch, Manx clagg "a bell") and spread by Irish missionaries (unless the Celtic words are from Latin); ultimately of imitative origin.
Replaced Old English dægmæl, from dæg "day" + mæl "measure, mark" (see meal (n.1)). The Latin word was horologium; the Greeks used a water-clock (klepsydra, literally "water thief"). Image of put (or set) the clock back "return to an earlier state or system" is from 1862. Round-the-clock (adj.) is from 1943, originally in reference to bomber air raids.
"ornament pattern on a stocking," 1520s, probably identical with clock (n.1) in its older sense and meaning "bell-shaped ornament."
"to time by the clock," 1883, from clock (n.1). The slang sense of "hit, sock" is 1941, originally Australian, probably from earlier slang clock (n.) "face" (1923). Related: Clocked; clocking.
To come or go at a certain recorded time, esp to or from a job where a time clock is used; PUNCH IN (or OUT) (1920s+)
[first sense probably related to clock, ''face'']