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.
See also: back, put

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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People will need to put their clocks back overnight Saturday to Sunday.
Now, homeowners are being urged to check their smoke alarms work when they put their clocks back an hour today.
But legislation introduced in 1999 states that all members of the European Union must put their clocks back on the last Sunday of the month.
As people prepared to put their clocks back an hour this weekend, the Birmingham-based Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents asked for at least a two-year trial for its plan, which would give lighter evenings all year round.
Everyone had put their clocks back an hour this week.
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