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clock-watcher

One who often checks the time during an activity or event, as due to boredom and/or a desire to leave. He's a total clock-watcher, so I doubt that he likes his job.

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.

clock watcher

n. someone—a worker or a student—who is always looking at the clock. People who don’t like their jobs can turn into clock watchers.
See also: clock, watcher
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If he hadn't run there he'd be a lot shorter than he is now and, while he probably won't develop into the horse all the clockwatchers were anticipating following his sparkling debut, he is up to this level in a race not strong on obvious contenders.
Either way, the dream of winning the lottery and urinating in your boss' desk drawer - although there are more conventional ways of handing in your P45 - has remained a constant succour to clockwatchers everywhere since time immemorial.
Companies will not want to employ the proverbial clockwatchers - people who spend more time thinking about the weekend than that day's tasks.
Kingman created a huge stir when winning by six lengths on his debut at Newmarket last June, setting clockwatchers into a state of near frenzy.
The visitors defended that slender advantage with admirable tenacity but OLs were more than a touch aggrieved at the end, the Bericote Road clockwatchers claiming that the referee blew up seven minutes short of the allotted 80 let alone adding any stoppage time.
And clockwatchers should apply - it comes with a PS31,200 salary.
IT was a case of deja vu for clockwatchers in Huddersfield.
Yet Mamet, even in his early anti-capitalist phase, never singled out men of fortune; a line in "Glengarry" slags "clockwatchers, bureaucrats, officeholders." His peers in Tinseltown have come under the knife, too.
But this third feature from the Sprecher sisters --director Jill and her co-screenwriter Karen ("Clockwatchers")--is distinguished throughout by the sharp contributions of a high-caliber cast and crew, including ace d.p.
Residents with pseudoaddiction are your "clockwatchers." The prefix pseudo means "a false image," or "something that resembles the original subject," which in this case is addiction.
The son of Old Vic bolted up on his debut at Downpatrick last month in a time that had clockwatchers slavering over their watches.
Along Came Polly, The Whole Nine Yards, The Longest Yard, Clockwatchers, Lost In Space...
Those impressed by Jill Sprecher's wry 1997 debut, office comedy Clockwatchers may well wonder where she's been since.
Naval Observatory in "The Nation's Timekeepers." Touted as the oldest scientific organization in the Navy, the work conducted here by the "clockwatchers" is essential to U.S.
Nayef impressed clockwatchers as he enjoyed a blow-out over four furlongs of the tracks, leaving Hills to describe his mount as ``absolutely spot on''.