punch the clock

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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 device. Be sure to punch the clock each day or there may be issues processing your pay at the end of the week.
2. By extension, to do work in general, especially a steady 9-to-5 job. I've always dreamed of winning the lottery so I don't have to punch a clock for the rest of my life.
See also: clock, punch
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punch the (time) clock

1 (of an employee) clock in or out. 2 be employed in a conventional job with regular hours. North American
See also: clock, punch
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As a full-time faculty member, my load is five three-credit classes a semester and six office hours, which means I only have to "punch the clock" for twenty-one hours per week.
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He based his decision on a federal law called the Portal-to-Portal Act, which specifically exempts employers from paying for pre- and post-work activities such as waiting to pick up protective gear or waiting in line to punch the clock.
solicitor general, said a federal law called the Portal-to-Portal Act specifically exempted employers from paying for so-called ''preliminary and postliminary'' activities such as time spent commuting, waiting to pick up protective gear or waiting in line to punch the clock.