put/turn the clock 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

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

To advance the time on one's clock(s) ahead by one hour to account for the beginning of daylight saving time. Don't forget to turn your clock forward tonight or you'll end up oversleeping tomorrow! I hate having to turn the clocks forward every spring, it's such an antiquated custom.
See also: forward, 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

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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He said: "My fear is moving to a grammar and secondary modern system - because that's what we'll have if you divide at 11 - will put the clock back and the progress we've made over the past 15 years will slow.
Overall, this swing to the left is not good for British business and, if Labour came to power, would put the clock back some 40 years.
They would put the clock back to those days when people simply did not live as long as we do today.
And call time on their attempts to put the clock back.
I'm not suggesting we should put the clock back on this.
While he was dealt with under the law of the time and we can't put the clock back, his treatment was, of course, utterly unfair.
Current WRU chief executive Roger Lewis revealed this week that plans are in place to establish a fifth region and stated: "If I could put the clock back, I would certainly not have disbanded the Celtic Warriors.
What I really, really want (no doubt like all mothers with an empty nest) is to put the clock back a decade or three when Christmas meant a house full of anticipation and activity.
There can be no doubt that, if we could put the clock back to 2003, a lot of things would have been done very differently.
Sadly, Harry Enfield's obese Jamie and Oliver and Little Britain's Fatbusters have put the clock back on highlighting this very serious issue.
The project was not successful because "the powers-that-be" and various charities felt that I was trying to put the clock back and steer Tibetan refugees away from progress.
All in all, I know I left a good, kind man to be with him but I don't know how to put the clock back.
Section 28 put the clock back for us, but rids helps us to reassert our identity and histories," said Nigel Tart of Schools Out
But yesterday Sir Richard was determined to put the clock back to 1853 when the modern aircraft was born.
However, a supermarket spokesman insisted that what Foley seemed to be suggesting "would put the clock back 25 years".