Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

clock (up)

clockclock up
Meaning(s)
1) register or reach a particular number/amount, notice something/someone
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • clock(ed) up hours/miles
  • Analysis

    To clock up means to gain or reach a particular amount. To clock up can mean to win or gain a large number of similar things. For example, you can clock up awards or clock up a number of nominations.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. John had points put onto his license after he was clocked going at nearly twice the speed limit in a residential area.
    2. As soon as I entered the pub I clocked Paul sitting in the corner with a few of his friends, so I went over to say 'Hi.'
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. The restaurant has been full of tourists and we've been short-staffed, so I've been run off my feet this week. I must have clocked up over 60 hours by now!
    2. The new products have clocked up an impressive number of good reviews online in the last few months.
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