"cleaned his clock" Antedating to 1946

Sam Clements SClements at NEO.RR.COM
Sat Feb 11 01:33:42 UTC 2006

I couldn't find anything in the archive, but maybe didn't search enough?

HDAS has 1959(but notes that it was referring to WWII).

>From NA, _Syracuse Herald-Journal_  1 April, 1946.  p.16/1

"Solvay cleaned his clock in that race and forced him to be satisfied with a three-way tie for second place."

The writer was a sports columnist, if that makes any difference.

Sam Clements

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