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.
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gt; YOUR VOTE: PAGE 25 NO CHANGE SAVES POWER NOT putting the clocks back in winter could reduce energy use and carbon emissions as well as cutting road accidents and boosting tourism, MPs were told yesterday.
Central European Time would mean that rather than reverting to Greenwich Mean Time in October and putting the clocks back one hour, they would stay one hour ahead until Spring when they would then be put forward another hour in March.
Putting the clocks back throws my biological clock out of gear
NOT putting the clocks back (keeping to Summer Time all year) was tried in the 1960s and was so unpopular that it was abandoned after just two years.
The pupils were given road safety advice as winter closes in and the time approaches to putting the clocks back.
A SURGE in road accidents is anticipated this week as drivers adjust to driving home in the dark after putting the clocks back.
For everyone who ever thinks wistfully about turning back the clock, can I just say that putting the clocks back at the end of British Summer Time - as we do tonight - makes this, for me, one of the most hateful weekends of the year.