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    Question On the Clock?

    What does "on the clock" means exactly?

    I saw an episode of ER on TV last week, and Dr. Carter was carried to a larger hospital and someone said to Carter's colleagues who were seeing him off, "You can visit him[Dr. Carter] later when we're not on the clock."

    When someone is on the clock, does it means (s)he is facing a sort of a deadline? Or simply, (s)he is supposed to do something by certain time? Is (s)he hurried when on the clock?

    Thank you very much in advance.

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    Re: On the Clock?

    Hi
    I think in this case when we're not on the clock means 'when we're not working'.

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    Re: On the Clock?

    When you're "on the clock" you are on company time. That is, you are getting paid to work. Technically you are supposed to wait and take care of personal errands or make personal phone calls on your own time ("off the clock"), not company time.

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    Re: On the Clock?

    Dear Ouisch,

    Thank you very much for the reply.

    One more question: Does "on the clock" mean something different than "on company clock" when you talk about sports, especially drafts?

    I googled "on the clock" to make sure I understand the meaning clearly, and a lot came up about football and baseball drafts. I feel like I'm still missing something here.

    We’re “on the clock”. At this point, available players include Quentin, Brandon Phillips, Bay, Longoria, A-Ram, and Brian Roberts. Tales from the Mock Draft “Laboratory” Fantasy Baseball Trade Market

    The 2008 NFL Draft is on the clock needle in the hay: Notes, or The 2008 NFL Draft is on the clock

    We're going to get started with the next presentation. We're on the clock already. Very pleased to have with us Rick Westerman, Senior Vice President of Investor Relations for Liberty Global. Latest Analyst Comments on Liberty Global, Inc - Alacra Street Pulse --> this one is not sports-related, but still makes me curious.


    Again, thank you very much in advance.

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