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  1. Newbie
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    #1

    "around-the clock"

    I am a non-native speaker.

    It doesn't make sense to me that around-the-clock means 24hours.

    Would you tell me the origin of it?

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    #2

    Re: "around-the clock"

    I'm not a Native speaker myself but I think it is because looking at the clock, 24 hours would only pass if the short hand(hour hand) goes around the clock, even twice, to complete the day(24 hours).


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    Re: "around-the clock"

    The phrase is more usually "round the clock" = uninterrupted. So round the clock care means that at no time does care cease.

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    #4

    Re: "around-the clock"

    Anglika, what do you think of my explanation?

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