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desk jockey

A worker who spends the majority of his or her time seated at a desk. Humorously likened to the jockey of a horse. I was breaking my back working construction for five years before I finally got a job as a desk jockey at the local bank. I feel sorry for all those desk jockeys trapped inside for eight hours a day.
See also: desk, jockey

hot desking

The act or practice of sharing desks or workstations between employees in an office so as to cut down on the amount of office space required. I've never worked in a company that did hot desking before; while it was strange not having my own desk at first, with everything done on laptops you barely notice it after a while!
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hot desk

1. noun A desk or workstation that is shared between employees in an office. I've never worked at a hot desk in a company before; while it was strange not having my own desk at first, with everything done on laptops you barely notice it after a while!
2. verb To share a desk or workstation with other employees in an office. I've never hot desked in a company before; while it was strange not having my own desk at first, with everything done on laptops you barely notice it after a while!
See also: desk, hot

*away from one's desk

Fig. not available for a telephone conversation; not available to be seen or spoken to. (Sometimes said by the person who answers a telephone in an office. It means that the person whom the caller wants is not immediately available due to personal or business reasons. *Typically: be ~; Step ~.) I'm sorry, but Ann is away from her desk just now. Can you come back later? Tom has stepped away from his desk, but if you leave your number, he will call you right back.
See also: away, desk

desk jockey

n. someone who works at a desk in an office. (Patterned on disk jockey.) I couldn’t stand being a cooped-up desk jockey.
See also: desk, jockey
References in classic literature ?
The word `limes' was like fire to powder, his yellow face flushed, and he rapped on his desk with an energy which made Jenny skip to her seat with unusual rapidity.
Rebecca sank into her seat and pulled the singing book from her desk.
In came a fiddler with a music-book, and went up to the lofty desk, and made an orchestra of it, and tuned like fifty stomach-aches.
I got upon the desk immediately, apprehensive of at least a great dog underneath.
As he sunk to the floor I wheeled around with my back toward the nearest desk, expecting to be overwhelmed by the vengeance of his fellows, but determined to give them as good a battle as the unequal odds would permit before I gave up my life.
The master looks at his great silver watch, and then, with tiresome deliberation, puts the ferule into his desk.
He reflected a moment, then opening a drawer in a desk near him took out a letter, and gave it to me.
There was a big desk in it, and a couple of big arm-chairs; a Turkey carpet adorned the floor, and the walls were decorated with sporting prints.
The room they were now sitting in was a large one, lofty but dark, well furnished, principally with writing-tables and desks covered with papers and books.
But I cast my eyes over things in the desks and drawers--there was nothing--nothing but deep subjects, you know--besides the will.
Upon either side of the aisle were ranged rows of highly carved desks and chairs of skeel a hard wood of great beauty.
Ernestine swung open the entrance door to the "Hour", and passed down the rows of desks until she reached the door at the further end marked "Sub-Editor.
For two days they pursued their task together, seated at opposite desks.
The private characteristics of the several clerks often crop out in their method of settling themselves at their desks,--the chilly one has a wooden footstool under his feet; the man with a bilious temperament has a metal mat; the lymphatic being who dreads draughts constructs a fortification of boxes on a screen.
The Avonlea school was a whitewashed building, low in the eaves and wide in the windows, furnished inside with comfortable substantial old-fashioned desks that opened and shut, and were carved all over their lids with the initials and hieroglyphics of three generations of school children.