stop an eight-day clock and throw it into reverse

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Before batteries and household electricity were used to power clocks, most clocks had to be wound by hand to keep operating. Eight-day clocks were designed so they only had to be wound every eighth day and the movement only turned in a clockwise direction. Therefore, someone with an appearance objectionable enough to stop the clock and send the movement spinning in the wrong and opposite direction would be ugly indeed.
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"She is so ugly she'd stop an eight-day clock and throw it into reverse."

Submitted by wahjr on June 23, 2017

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arrêter une horloge de huit jours et la renverser

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