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
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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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Speaking in the Commons, Sir Greg told Mr Lidington: "Are you aware that in the next few days we are going to go through the ridiculous ritual of putting our clocks back, thereby plunging the nation into darkness and misery by mid-afternoon?
Winter is cold, wet, miserable and dangerous enough as it is - why make it worse by putting our clocks back? Picture: ROBERT PARRY JONES
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