set the/(one's) clock(s) back

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set 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 set your clock back tonight. We get to sleep in a little bit tomorrow! I hate having to set the clocks back every fall, it's such an antiquated custom.
See also: back, set
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If Florida gets a green light, residents will not have to set the clocks back in the fall and continue using the extra hour.
Once we set the clocks back, it gets darker earlier, so there are fewer outdoor options for physical activity in the evening.
In the same context, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told the US CBS TV Channel that Gaddafi seems determined to set the clocks back to regain control of the country, underlining the importance of an Arab engagement in any Security Council resolution.
Now that we have set the clocks back to standard time--at least until March 9, 2008--findings from a survey conducted by Kelton Research on behalf of Road & Travel Magazine raise concerns for drivers, passengers, and pedestrians about what people may not be seeing while driving in the dark.
We all just feel sunnier after we set the clocks back.
In the fall we set the clocks back to return to the standard time.