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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!
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clock in

to record one's time of arrival, usually by punching a time clock. What time did she clock in? She forgot to clock in today.
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clock someone in

to observe and record someone's time of arrival. The manager says he clocked you in at noon. That's a bit late, isn't it?
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clock in

Begin work, as in She clocked in late again. Also, clock out, end work, as in Please wait for me; I forgot to clock out. The allusion here is to punching a time clock, a device that punches the time on a card to record when an employee arrives and departs. [Late 1800s]
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clock in

v.
1. To begin an activity at some recorded time, as by stamping the time on a timecard: The workers must clock in before 8:00.
2. To be measured as having some speed: The fastest bicycle riders clocked in at over 40 miles per hour.
3. To complete a task or activity after some duration of time: The slowest cars in the race clocked in at 12 minutes.
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clock in

in. to record one’s arrival at a set time. He clocked in three minutes late.
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