- 1clock something to reach a particular time or speed He clocked 10.09 seconds in the 100 metres final.
- 2to measure the speed at which somebody/something is travelling clock somebody doing something The police clocked her doing over 100 miles an hour. clock somebody/something (at something) Wind gusts at 80 m.p.h. were clocked at Rapid City. See related entries: Controlling traffic
- 3clock somebody | clock that… | clock what/where, etc… (British English, informal) to notice or recognize somebody I clocked her in the driving mirror.
- 4clock something (British English, informal) to illegally reduce the number of miles shown on a vehicle’s milometer (= instrument that measures the number of miles it has travelled) in order to make the vehicle appear to have travelled fewer miles than it really has Word Origin late Middle English: from Middle Low German and Middle Dutch klocke, based on medieval Latin clocca
BrE BrE//klɒk//; NAmE NAmE//klɑːk//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they clock
BrE BrE//klɒk//; NAmE NAmE//klɑːk//he / she / it clocks
BrE BrE//klɒks//; NAmE NAmE//klɑːks//past simple clocked
BrE BrE//klɒkt//; NAmE NAmE//klɑːkt//past participle clocked
BrE BrE//klɒkt//; NAmE NAmE//klɑːkt//-ing form clocking
BrE BrE//ˈklɒkɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈklɑːkɪŋ//Controlling traffic