A decreasing amount of time is available; the end draws near: Baker and Aziz were preparing to hold last-minute talks, and the clock was ticking toward war/ But the clock is ticking down for the 49-year-old ex-lineman/ One of the banks has suffered twenty million dollars in unrecoverable loans and the meter is still running
[1990s+; fr sports, astronautics, bomb disposal, and other contexts where a clock measures the time remaining]
noun, Horology. 1. 1 (def 19).
[klok-lahyk] /ˈklɒkˌlaɪk/ adjective 1. highly systematic, precise, and dependable: The mail carrier arrives at noon with clocklike regularity.
[klok-mey-ker] /ˈklɒkˌmeɪ kər/ noun 1. a person who makes or repairs clocks. /ˈklɒkˌmeɪkə/ noun 1. a person who makes or mends clocks, watches, etc
- Clock off
verb 1. (intransitive, adverb) to depart from work, esp when it involves registering the time of departure on a card