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if a clock gains, it operates too fast so that the time it shows is later than the actual time
if a clock or watch loses time, it is operating too slowly and shows a time that is earlier than the correct time
if a clock strikes or strikes a particular time, it makes a sound like a bell a particular number of times to show what time it is
if a clock or a watch ticks, it makes a quiet sound every second
if a clock ticks away or ticks time away, it shows that time is passing
if a clock keeps good time, it always shows the correct time
if a clock strikes the hour, it shows that it is exactly one o’clock, two o’clock etc by making a sound once, twice etc
… a language for human communication which has been invented and has not developed naturally
a large expensive boat that is used for racing or sailing
spectacles; boiled sweets, candy; soft aniseed-flavoured jelly sweets coated with blue and pink sugar sprinkles
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