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grandfather's clock

or grandfather clock

a pendulum floor clock having a case as tall as or taller than a person; tall-case clock; long-case clock.
Origin of grandfather's clock
First recorded in 1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Presently she joined him in the hall; a grandfather clock groaned three sepulchral strokes as she descended the wooden stairway.

    Twos and Threes G. B. Stern
  • The ticking of the grandfather clock in the hall drove him down the passage.

    Fortitude Hugh Walpole
  • A grandfather clock stood in the corner between the fireplace and the first window, and gave out a steady deep tock.

    Mr. Wicker's Window Carley Dawson
  • grandfather clock number one continues to strike insistently.

  • "One—two," slowly struck the grandfather clock in the corner; and she felt something cool and heavy dropped over her neck.

    The Lion's Mouse C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  • Then as the grandfather clock chimed ten, Laura Lawson laid down her magazine and stood up.

  • The grandfather clock against the wall stood at nine twenty-four.

    The Portal of Dreams Charles Neville Buck
  • It was the signal for departure and invariably followed the stroke of a deep-mouthed, grandfather clock in the hall.

    The Grey Room Eden Phillpotts
  • That grandfather clock on the staircase would have something to say.

  • Down the stairs she pattered while the grandfather clock in the hall boomed five of a bright July morning.

    Plowing On Sunday Sterling North
British Dictionary definitions for grandfather clock

grandfather clock

any of various types of long-pendulum clocks in tall standing wooden cases, usually between six and eight feet tall Also called longcase clock
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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