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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The simple message is people should check smoke alarms are in working order at the same time as putting their clocks back an hour on Sunday.
John and Janys Warren stopped putting their clocks back in autumn four years ago - in the belief that darker days triggered his migraines.
The summer solstice arrives on Wednesday and the Forestry Commission is inviting walkers to celebrate the event three days later by putting their clocks back 3,000 years.
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