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    I was not aware of that colloquial British usage. But in this context, does it make sense? Isn't every performance in competition seen by someone else--at least by the officials? Does anyone consider a performance in practice, with no observers, to be a PB?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tandfman View Post
    I was not aware of that colloquial British usage. But in this context, does it make sense?
    No it doesn't.
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    I hear "clock" used when you say, for instance talking about a race performance against a rival, " I'm going to clean your clock ! "

    Sadly, I used this phrase talking to a friend of mine, and she kindly replied, " Steve, your clock-cleaning days are over. "
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    I associate "clocking" with timing.
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    Here's one, in an article about Dawn Harper Nelson coming out of retirement:
    "She announced her retirement in September 2018, but decided while she was pregnant with her daughter, Harper, she wasn’t ready to hang up her cleats."

    Cleats? We call them "spikes".
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    Quote Originally Posted by lonewolf View Post
    I associate "clocking" with timing.
    Indeed . . . e.g., 'He clocked a 4.41 at the Combine.'

    As for cleaning clocks, my son once bragged that he would clean the clock of a sports opponent, which, after my son's defeat, I commented,

    "That may be the first time that someone had to pay to provide said service."

    Yeah, he didn't think it was all that funny either.
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    And for some unknown reason the term clocking has been used to describe knocking someone out cold, as in a boxing match.

    Go figure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinR View Post
    And for some unknown reason the term clocking has been used to describe knocking someone out cold, as in a boxing match.

    Go figure.
    I've heard of that one as well. I think in the UK it tends to mean hitting someone hard about the head which may or may not lead to knocking them out.
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    Merriam-Webster definition: : to hit hard

    Dictionary.com definition: Slang. to strike sharply or heavily
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    Not about track....but kind of humorous....

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