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grandfather clock

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A pendulum clock enclosed in a tall, narrow cabinet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A longcase clock.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a pendulum clock enclosed in a tall narrow case

Etymologies

From the song My Grandfather's Clock by Henry Clay Work (1832-1884), American songwriter.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From a song by American songwriter Henry Work, based on a clock in the George Hotel Yorkshire England, which stopped keeping time after its owner died. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Just after the grandfather clock struck eleven Faith returned, bearing cakes which old Mrs. Clark had baked for them, some of which she would pack up for the weekend expedition into seventeenth-century England.

    War Game

  • Gabrielle hung up, too preoccupied to notice the loud and distinctive triple-tick of Sexton's prized Jourdain grandfather clock only a few feet away.

    Deception Point

  • He looked up from the Double R Society's scenario for the storming of Standingham Castle to check the time by the grandfather clock beside his study door.

    War Game

  • There was a grandfather clock with a gloomy face and a hollow tick, there was a marble-topped table like a wash-stand with gilt legs which supported a pining aspidistra in a bright pink pot.

    The Key

  • I sat there quietly in my office listening to the tick-tock of the miniature grandfather clock on the shelf.

    Olivia

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