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noun
  1. a clock with an attachment that may be manually activated to stamp or otherwise record the exact time on a card or tape, used to keep a record of the time of something, as of the arrival and departure of employees.
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Origin of time clock

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90
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Examples from the Web for time clock

Historical Examples

  • This story deals with the lives of two people who punched the time-clock.

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  • But none of the other machines was so tyrannical as the time-clock.

    The Job

    Sinclair Lewis

  • She dared not keep Sutton waiting, and fear of the time-clock had become a habit with her.

    The Cup of Fury

    Rupert Hughes

  • This same man could also have confessed to the first error of his expert career in the handling of a time-clock.

  • At eight, the printers were standing around the time-clock, waiting for it to click the hour.

    Nine Men in Time

    Noel Miller Loomis


British Dictionary definitions for time clock

time clock

noun
  1. a clock which records, by punching or stamping cards inserted into it, the time of arrival or departure of people, such as employees in a factory
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