clock-watcher


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clock-watcher

someone -- a worker or a student -- who is always looking at the clock, anticipating when something will be over. There are four clock-watchers in our office. People who don't like their jobs can turn into clockwatchers.
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Again, the Elmaamul colt impressed clock-watchers when winning his private trial in Dubai earlier this month.
It's often said journalism is a young person's game; it's also not a game for clock-watchers.
Furthermore, the clock-watchers suggest she has at least two runs that compare favourably with the best Kiyoshi or Tapestry have shown.
Or, for clock-watchers, it had been Arnaud Clement and Fabrice Santoro's 6hr 33min classic at the 2004 French Open.
Beneath its cosy pipe and slippers exterior there beat a very dark heart indeed, with Reggie becoming an icon for the disaffected, the put upon, the clock-watchers and the daydreamers.
What they find most difficult is coming to terms with civilian clock-watchers and poor timekeepers.
The people of Cardiff can be accused of many things, but not of being clock-watchers.
And clock-watchers noted that just over a minute had transpired from when the ball was actually placed on the spot to when it was taken.
Of course they aren't, just as older people aren't stuck in their ways, resistant to change, clock-watchers or simply waiting for retirement.
Clock-watchers for the show hadn't allowed him to thank his wife, Micheline, for discovering the hit in Paris.
Last Saturday's decisive Kempton winner Soldatino propelled himself into the mix with a clear-cut victory, and if given the green light will be of big interest to clock-watchers.
The clock-watchers can revel in their hourly rates but should not try to impose their standards and ideals on the rest of us.
TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said: "We're not calling on Britain to turn into a nation of clock-watchers, but too many of Britain's bosses who depend on the unpaid overtime of their staff take it for granted and never show their appreciation.
TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said: "We're not saying we should turn into a nation of clock-watchers, or that no-one should put in extra work when there's an emergency or rush of orders, but many people are clearly putting in the equivalent of an extra day every week.
With clock-watchers forced to follow the action, or lack of it, the first half appeared to last an eternity.