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

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turn 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 turn your clock back tonight. I hate having to turn the clocks back every autumn, it's such an antiquated custom.
See also: back, turn

turn the clock back

 and turn back the clock 
1. Lit. to set a clock to an earlier time. I have to turn the clocks back each fall. Please turn back the clock.
2. Fig. to try to return to the past. You are not facing up to the future. You are trying to turn the clock back to a time when you were more comfortable. Let us turn back the clock and pretend we are living at the turn of the centurythe time that our story takes place.
See also: back, clock, turn

turn the clock back

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turn back the clock

COMMON If you would like to turn the clock back or to turn back the clock, you would like to return to an earlier period, usually because you would like the chance to change something that you did in the past. I'd like to turn the clock back and do things differently, but I can't. If I could turn back the clock, I might not have said that. Note: You can use the verb put instead of turn. No amount of money — not even millions like this — can put back the clock and change what happened.
See also: back, clock, turn
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At 4 am Sunday, October 31, Bulgaria will turn the clocks back one hour to winter daylight savings time until the last Sunday in March, 2011.
The truth is that, sadly, some in the hunting fraternity do not accept the change to cruelty-free hunting and want to turn the clocks back to the cruelty and barbarism of the past by repealing the Act.
A BLACK Country pub is to turn the clocks back 60 years for a war-themed fun night to raise funds for ex-servicemen.
Evidence was presented in Scottish Parliament which suggested that if they don't turn the clocks back there will be more accidents, but it has since been disproved.
Jon's mother Susan said: ``I wish we could turn the clocks back.
Moved by that incident, and the sight of other aluminum-propelled baseballs moving at what some considered dangerous speeds, Toluca Baseball directors voted 21-1 last fall to turn the clocks back a quarter-century and play only with wooden bats.
Get ready to turn the clocks back and experience a nostalgic and exciting piece of Americana through Motor City Online, a new online racing simulation PC title under the EA GAMES(TM) brand.
In my opinion it's a moronic idea to turn the clocks back, and the prospect of doing so next autumn is dreadful as it starts getting dark shortly after 3.