around-the-clock

[ uh-round-thuh-klok ]
/ əˈraʊnd ðəˈklɒk /

adjective

continuing without pause or interruption: an around-the-clock guard on the prisoner.

Origin of around-the-clock

First recorded in 1940–45

Definition for around the clock (2 of 2)

clock

1
[ klok ]
/ klɒk /

noun

verb (used with object)

to time, test, or determine by means of a clock or watch: The racehorse was clocked at two minutes thirty seconds.
Slang. to strike sharply or heavily: Somebody clocked him on the face.

Verb Phrases

clock in, to begin work, especially by punching a time clock: She clocked in at 9 on the dot.
clock out, to end work, especially by punching a time clock: He clocked out early yesterday.

Origin of clock

1
1350–1400; Middle English clok(ke) < Middle Dutch clocke bell, clock; akin to Old English clucge, Old High German glocka (German Glocke), Old Irish clocc bell; cf. cloak
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British Dictionary definitions for around the clock (1 of 2)

clock

1
/ (klɒk) /

noun

verb

Derived Forms

clocker, nounclocklike, adjective

Word Origin for clock

C14: from Middle Dutch clocke clock, from Medieval Latin clocca bell, ultimately of Celtic origin

British Dictionary definitions for around the clock (2 of 2)

clock

2
/ (klɒk) /

noun

an ornamental design either woven in or embroidered on the side of a stocking

Word Origin for clock

C16: from Middle Dutch clocke, from Medieval Latin clocca bell
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Idioms and Phrases with around the clock

clock


In addition to the idioms beginning with clock

  • clock in
  • clock is ticking, the
  • clock up

also see:

  • against the clock
  • beat the clock
  • clean someone's clock
  • like clock-work
  • set back (the clock)
  • stop someone's clock
  • stop the clock
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