clock


clock
vb
British
1.
to notice or see, to look at. A working-class usage widespread, especially in southeast England, since World War II. The middle-class fashion since the late 1980s for imitating working-class speech brought the word into some prominence and greater respectability. It probably derives from the obsolete use of 'clock' to mean a person's face.
► 'Villains call it clocking in Leeds, eye-balling in Manchester and screwing in London's East End...It came as a shock: juries can be intimidated by a stare.' (Sunday Times, 5 June 1988)
2.
to hit. A usage that was, and is, popular in Australia and which has been adopted in Britain (where it may have originated) and the USA. This term, used almost exclusively by men, probably also derives from the archaic term 'clock' meaning a person's face; hence the verb meaning to punch (in the face).
► He finally lost his temper and clocked him one.
3.
to tamper with the mileometer of a car in order to show a low mileage. A piece of dealers' jargon which has passed into common currency due to the wide extent of the practice.

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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  • Clock — (kl[o^]k), n. [AS. clucge bell; akin to D. klok clock, bell, G. glocke, Dan. klokke, Sw. klocka, Icel. klukka bell, LL. clocca, cloca (whence F. cloche); al perh. of Celtic origin; cf. Ir. & Gael. clog bell, clock, W. cloch bell. Cf. {Cloak}.] 1 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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