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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 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

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 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.
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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.
See also: clock