grandfather's clock

or grandfather clock


noun

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
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British Dictionary definitions for grandfather clock

grandfather clock

noun

any of various types of long-pendulum clocks in tall standing wooden cases, usually between six and eight feet tallAlso called: longcase clock

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