Definition of time clock in English:

time clock


  • 1A clock with a device for recording employees' times of arrival and departure.

    ‘employees have to punch a time clock’
    • ‘We entered through a security station where, oddly enough, there was a time clock for the workers to punch.’
    • ‘Ashley was in the break room where the time clock was located.’
    • ‘By the late 1990s, the vast majority of contractors used time clocks.’
    • ‘He denied the charges, pointing out that he had spoken to his supervisor and punched the time clock.’
    • ‘They would punch me out on the time clock, and turn off the lights, and then pull the metal door down on the shop front and I'd lock it once I got there.’
    • ‘Constant surveillance, time clocks, drug testing and rigid rules reinforce the workers' pervasive sense that employers do not trust them.’
    • ‘And he believes when he punches the time clock and goes home, the public should mind its own business.’
    • ‘Factory discipline, which had begun with the time clock, intensified with the introduction of assembly-line work.’
    • ‘Arashi stormed back to the time clock and clocked out.’
    • ‘Sometimes I feel as if I should have a punch-in time clock before I walk out on stage.’
    • ‘But at the same time, very few players seem to understand that they win money just like a worker punching a time clock.’
    • ‘The absolute worst work condition we ever heard about was a 1960's factory where the owner made all workers punch out on the time clock to use the bathroom.’
    • ‘I messed with the time clock and put it ahead a half an hour so I could punch it.’
    • ‘Walking home the three city blocks he covers them more quickly today as he hurries to be sure that he hits the time clock before the large hand jumps to three at the warehouse.’
    • ‘We can set up an automated system taking in everything from the time clock to stock control, job tracking, costing, etc.’
    • ‘I had to clock in and out every day and most mornings it was a photo finish at the time clock - I'd make it just before the minute hand would bounce past the hour.’
    • ‘In the NHL, players don't measure their worth by punching a time clock when their work day is over.’
    • ‘The boss installs a computer-controlled time clock.’
    • ‘She nodded, ‘I was just heading to the time clock right now.’’
    • ‘And when he saw that workers were arriving late and leaving early, he installed time clocks - both on the factory floor and in the business office.’
  • 2A switch mechanism activated at preset times by a built-in clock.

    ‘you can save energy by fitting a time clock to your boiler’
    • ‘Some systems use a large-capacity pump operated by a time clock to supply flush water instead of a flush tank.’
    • ‘Regeneration is usually started by a preset time clock; some units are started by water-use meters or hardness detectors.’


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