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punch a/the clock
1. To record the time of one's arrival to and departure from work, often on a specialized clock or other instrument. Be sure to punch the clock each day or there may be issues processing your payslip at the end of the week.
2. Used by extension to refer to work in general, especially steady 9-to-5 jobs. I've always dreamed of winning the lottery so I don't have to punch a clock for the rest of my life.