bankers' hours


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banker's hours

A limited work schedule (as banks were once known for having short work days and being closed on holidays and weekends). You won't be able to reach her on a Saturday—she keeps banker's hours.
See also: hour

bankers' hours

A working day that is shorter than usual or acceptable, especially one that begins late and ends early. It refers to the traditional opening times for banks, which formerly opened at 10 AM and closed at 3 PM. With the boss out on vacation, some of us have been working bankers' hours for the past couple of weeks.
See also: hour
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After all, between making dinner, taking the kids to soccer practice and juggling your career, bankers' hours may not always fit your schedule.
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"The truth is that much of the rest of the health care system works on bankers' hours. Ask anyone with strep throat or a sprained ankle who has the misfortune to need simple medical care in the middle of the night or on a weekend; it's difficult to get in anywhere unless it's an emergency room.
At some points of entry, Customs authorities keep bankers' hours while importers continue to be frustrated at the thought that one minor error on a customs declaration can mean not only lengthy and costly delays, but also substantial fines and forthcoming audits.
So the next time you hear the term "bankers' hours," I hope you'll realize it's as dated as buggy whips and lava lamps.
'The old reality of 'bankers' hours' doesn't cut in any more.
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The philanthropic spirit doesn't stop with cash and checks, and it doesn't end with bankers' hours.