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Using clocks and watches

clock in

in a factory, to pass a special card through a piece of equipment to record that you have arrived at work

clock off

in a factory, to pass a special card through a piece of equipment to record that you are leaving work

go back

when the clocks go back, everyone changes the time on their clocks so that they show a time that is one hour earlier than before

punch in

clock in

punch out

to clock off

put back

to change the time of a clock or watch to an earlier time

put forward

to change the time of a clock or watch to a later time

reset

verb

to change the time or number on a clock or other piece of equipment

set

verb

to change the time on a clock or the controls on a piece of equipment

time

verb

to use a clock to measure something, for example how long something lasts or how often something happens within a particular period

wind

verb

if you wind or wind up a watch or a clock, you make it operate by turning a part of it around and around

wind

noun

the action of turning a part of a clock or a watch to make it operate

make it 5 o’clock/7.30 etc

to decide that it is a particular time by looking at your watch

put/turn/set the clock back

to change the time on a clock to an earlier time

put/turn/set the clock forward

to change the time on a clock to a later time

watch the clock

to keep looking at the time on a clock or a watch because you are bored or you want something to end

watch the time

to make sure that you know what time it is so that you are not late for something

kabaddi

a game in which two teams of seven players take turns to chase and try to touch players on the opposing team

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