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W do they say a alarm clock goes "off" when it really turns on?

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Some of the older "wind-up" alarm clocks has a sort of arm that held the little hammer from hitting the bells. When the clock reached the time it was set for, the little "arm" slipped OFF its catch, and the tiny "hammer" (powered by a spring) would go back and forth hitting the bells. Thus, the clock went OFF.

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i have no idea lol

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