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alarm clock

a clock with a bell or buzzer that can be set to sound at a particular time, as to awaken someone.
Origin of alarm clock
1690-1700 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • He had always regarded the alarm-clock as the most hateful of all the inventions of capitalists to enslave the poor.

    The Cup of Fury Rupert Hughes
  • He was fast being pounded to a pulp when the alarm-clock went off.

    Jim Spurling, Fisherman Albert Walter Tolman
  • From his clock shelf—still lacking its alarm-clock—he took a slip of paper and a pencil stub.

    The Jack-Knife Man Ellis Parker Butler
  • Then she went and set her alarm-clock to a quarter to seven in the morning.

  • But with trainin', Zenas Henry now does his plowin', plantin' an' harvestin' in somethin' approachin' alarm-clock fashion.

    Flood Tide Sara Ware Bassett
  • She did not say "charrmed" like an alarm-clock breaking out.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • At this profanity the rattlesnake started another paroxysm of struggling, while his rattle sounded like an alarm-clock.

    Everyday Adventures Samuel Scoville
  • One of his sounds or calls is like the buzz of a reel or the whirr of an alarm-clock.

  • "Well, I don't see why an alarm-clock is called an alarm-clock, because it doesn't ever alarm anybody," said Jimmieboy.

    Half-Hours with Jimmieboy John Kendrick Bangs
  • I think I should like the alarm-clock, and the chair, and perhaps a few of the tools.

    Phaeton Rogers Rossiter Johnson
British Dictionary definitions for alarm-clock

alarm clock

a clock with a mechanism that sounds at a set time: used esp for waking a person up
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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