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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I see Les Ferdinand has come in as Head of Football Operations, but unless he turned the clock back and brought his shooting boots he won't be able to help them much.
THE clocks may have moved forward on Saturday night, but Guisborough DMC turned the clock back for a good old fashioned non-stop trial the following day.
Today a TV film crew turned the clock back almost one hundred years when they descended on Railway Street, Langley Park, to shoot scenes for a 13-part serial, The Stars Look Down, a story of Geordie pit folk based on the novel by AJ Cronin .
AN historic coaching inn turned the clock back by 200 years yesterday.
FORMER Northern Rock shareholders turned the clock back two years by forming a queue to highlight their battle for "fair" compensation.
He's turned the clock back more than 40 years to an era when aristocrats ruled the Tories.
Justin Hayward, Graeme Edge and Birmingham's John Lodge magically turned the clock back some 40 years.
I had to rub my eyes in disbelief at the performance of 56-year-old Danny McGrain, who turned the clock back 30 years when he didn't stop running all night.
One of the articles inside turned the clock back to the corresponding week in 1966, and it revealed that Pratty was "absolutely flying.
The Fleur-de-Lys 38-year-old has turned the clock back in the last couple of months to the days when he was a member of snooker's elite top 16 ranking list order.
The 34-year-old Leeds keeper has turned the clock back this season with some stunning displays, that has lent credence to his claims for an international recall.
A strict regime of discipline, including the threat of flogging, was introduced at a Worcestershire school when it turned the clock back to the Victorian age.
Marks and Spencer has turned the clock back to the turn of the last century with its latest apple launch.
Cumbrian permit-holder John Dixon turned the clock back half a century when the home-bred Jumbo's Dream galloped home in the three-mile handicap hurdle to initiate a double for Brian Storey, successful 30 minutes later on Excise Man, writes Gordon Brown.
Exhaling a little pride as we turned the clock back to a time when pride wasn't such a rare commodity in this country.