Posted by ESC on February 10, 2002
In Reply to: Re: Clean your clock posted by The Fallen 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.
To access previous discussions about "clean your clock," type in "clock" under the archive search. I don't think anyone came up with a definitive answer. My interpretation of the meaning: to best someone in a confrontation, physical or otherwise.