Dutch Clocks

i.e. German clocks, chiefly made in the Black Forest. As many as 180,000 are exported annually from Friburg. (German, Deutsch, German.)

A woman, that is like a German clock.
Still a-repairing, ever out of frame,
And never going aright.

Shakespeare: Love's Labour's Lost, iii.1.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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