put the/(one's) clock(s) back

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put the/(one's) clock(s) back

To adjust the time on one's clock(s) back by one hour to account for the end of daylight saving time. Don't forget to put your clock back tonight. I hate having to put the clocks back every autumn, it's such an antiquated custom.
See also: back, put

put/turn the ˈclock back

return to the past; return to old-fashioned ideas, customs, etc: Sometimes I wish I could turn the clock back to my days as a student.These new restrictions on medical research will undoubtedly put the clock back (by) 20 years.
See also: back, clock, put, turn
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The loss of 48 lives and scores wounded is tragic in itself and it puts the clock back on the possibility of any initiative for a cease-fire and also underscores the dangers of urban warfare.
It has worked there and it should work here, even if it means that the Law Society puts the clock back and realises lifting the ban on advertising has created a dreadful situation.
It puts the clock back to a previous period which we thought had been removed for good and which even Margaret Thatcher rejected and which you certainly couldn't describe as fitting in with a modernisation agenda.