clock out


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clock in

1. To mark one's arrival at work, as on a time clock (a device that stamps the arrival and departure time onto each employee's timecard, or records the times digitally). In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "clock" and "in." I got in trouble with the boss because I clocked in 20 minutes late today. Go see Janet, she'll clock you in.
2. To complete a task or competition in a certain length of time. Unfortunately, you clocked in five-tenths of a second behind the swimmer who won the race.
3. To reach a certain speed. Did you see that? His slap shot clocked in at 80 miles per hour!
See also: clock

clock out

To mark one's departure from work, as on a time clock (a device that stamps the arrival and departure time onto each employee's timecard, or records the times digitally). A noun or pronoun can be used between "clock" and "out." I really need to clock out now because my shift was over an hour ago. Go see Janet, she'll clock you out. Clock another win up for the home team.
See also: clock, out

clock someone out

to observe and record someone's time of departure. Jane clocked herself out and went home.
See also: clock, out

clock out

to record one's time of departure, usually by punching a time clock. I will clock out just before I go home. Jim clocked out early Tuesday to go to the doctor.
See also: clock, out