ADJ. 12/24-hour | atomic, digital, electric | bedside, kitchen | alarm, carriage, cuckoo, grandfather, long-case, time, travelling, wall
VERB + CLOCK set, wind I've set my alarm clock for six tomorrow. | put back/forward He forgot to put his clock forward and turned up an hour late. | stop (for example in a game) Pressing the ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ response button stops the clock. | glance at, look at | watch employees who are always watching the clock (= wanting their day's work to end)
CLOCK + VERB chime (sth), strike sth, tick The clock struck the hour. I could hear a clock ticking somewhere in the house. | stop | be fast/slow, gain/keep/lose time This clock doesn't keep time. | go back/forward The clocks go back (= for a return to standard time)/forward (= for summer time) tonight. | say sth The clock on the mantelpiece said twelve o'clock. | go off My alarm clock didn't go off this morning.
CLOCK + NOUN face, tower | radio
PREP. against the ~ to work against the clock (= to work fast in order to finish before a particular time) | around/round the ~ (= all day and all night) to work around the clock | by the ~ It's ten o'clock by the kitchen clock.
PHRASES the dial/face/hands of a clock