the alarm on/in your clock

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You can ask for a wake-up call, or you can set the alarm on your clock and hope it wakes you.

I wonder why it's not in but on your clock. Would you dig up a reason? Thanks.
  • sdgraham

    Senior Member
    USA English
    Probably because the controls for the alarm are on the exterior. Also, in the olden days, the bells for the alarm were on the top exterior of the clock. (example)
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