stop the clock

stop the clock

1. To stop counting down the time remaining in an athletic match. The ref stopped the clock so the player could be seen by a doctor.
2. To stop the passing of time; to remain young indefinitely. Everyone is desperate for a cure-all cream or diet that will stop the clock, but once you accept that we all grow old and die eventually, you appreciate the time you have that much more.
See also: clock, stop

stop the clock

Postpone a deadline by not counting the elapsing hours. For example, Management agreed to stop the clock so that a new contract could be negotiated before the present one expired . [Mid-1900s]
See also: clock, stop
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To stop the clock of busy existence at the hour when we were personally sequestered from it, to suppose mankind stricken motionless when we were brought to a stand-still, to be unable to measure the changes beyond our view by any larger standard than the shrunken one of our own uniform and contracted existence, is the infirmity of many invalids, and the mental unhealthiness of almost all recluses.
He saw some putting the hands of clocks forward, some putting the hands of clocks backward, some endeavouring to stop the clock entirely.
Campaigners for another EU referendum have gathered in Edinburgh to repeat calls to "stop the clock" on Brexit.
SNP MEP Alyn Smith said the landmark decision showed the UK could "stop the clock" on leaving the EU ahead of the crunch Commons vote on the Brexit deal next week.
"People in Ireland voted overwhelmingly to stop the clock changes and I think we must all listen to the citizens of Europe on this.
In the next possession, LA Tenorio split his free throws after a deliberate foul to stop the clock. But James Yap, the hero in Game Two, missed a three-point attempt stopping the game at two seconds.
the Mavericks used their time-outs to stop the clock as they piled on the pressure, but Warriors stood strong and were able to stop the Mavericks on a fourth down with eight seconds left on the clock.
The Commission has proposed to stop the clock for intercontinental flights, for all aviation companies (third-country airlines and EU airlines) -a COM(2012)0697 - to give the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) "a chance," and as a sign of goodwill after some positive elements have started to emerge from negotiations in November 2012.
It was a weak mares' maiden in which Stop The Clock was successful at Thurles on her second start, but even so it looks as if she has got into the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Hurdle (3.10) on a handy mark.
For PS1, punters played for a maximum PS250 cash prize on games such as Skillette, Stop The Clock and Skill Stop Roulette.
It'll always be time for tea when you're eating and drinking from a Timney exclusive clock dinnerware set, from pounds 15, available at House of Fraser, www.hof.co.uk Who are we to argue with this 'is it wine o'clock yet?' printed apron, pounds 24, from Gift Wrapped and Gorgeous, www.giftwrappedandgorgeous.co.uk Slow down the inevitable ageing process with a stop the clock moisturiser, pounds 15.40, by Sanctuary, www.thesanctuary.co.uk
Qtel's innovative "Stop the Clock" international promotion, where customers pay for five minutes of international talk time and receive an extra 10 international minutes for free, has proven so popular with the people of Qatar that it has been extended.
Summary: Thousands of activists have gathered in New York to take part in an event calling on world leaders to "stop the clock" on climate change.
"Tick Tock, Stop the Clock: Getting Pretty On Your Lunch Hour" is a collection of economically affordable ways that one can improve one's appearance without the need of expensive surgery.
"It is very easy at any given moment to say 'let's stop the clock but life doesn't work like that.
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