Posted by The Fallen on February 10, 2002
In Reply to: Re: Clean your clock posted by James Briggs on February 10, 2002
: : Does anyone know
the origination/true translations of the phrase:
: : "clean your clock"
: 'Clock' was certainly Cockney slang for 'face' when I was a boy. This may help give an explanation. More I don't know.
To clean someone's clock (for them) means to punch someone in the face. Clock is indeed London slang for face, though it is not as far as I know rhyming slang - and is simply derived from clocks also having faces. Why "to clean" should in this case mean to hit or strike is beyond me.