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CLOCKIN', CLOCKING, vbl.n. Used with meanings corr. Clock, v.: the noise made by a brood hen; the act of hatching; the desire to brood or hatch. Applied fig. to persons: the disposition or desire to marry. [′klɔkɪn] Ags. 1825  Jam.2, clocking:
Transferred to a young female, who is light-headed, and rather wanton in her carriage. Of such a one it is sometimes said, “It were an amows [act of charity] to gie her a good doukin' in the water, to put the clockin' frae her.”
Ayr. 1890  J. Service Thir Notandums xvi.:
I was juist ance fairly led on to the ice, but it brak wi' me, and the clockin' gaed awa.
Gall. 1824  MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 138:
To scare them [hens] from clocking, gude wives plunge them into cold water.

Comb.: clockin-time, of birds: the time for hatching; of women: the period during which they are capable of child-bearing. Cf. cleckin' time s.v. Cleckin'. Bnff. 1936 2 :
I doot Bell's weel past clockin-time noo.
Ayr. 1786  Burns Ep. to J. Rankine xi.:
As soon's the clockin-time is by, An' the wee powts begun to cry.

[See Clock, v.]

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