clock-watcher


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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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Working long hours might impress the boss, but clock-watchers are likely to have the last laugh, a study shows, as they are at less risk of a potentially fatal stroke .
Her workouts have had the clock-watchers rubbing their eyes in disbelief and I would much rather back her than either of the Irish superstars who have been on the go all season.
Not likely, as the clock-watchers would consider such a study a waste of time.
This compares with 42 percent of "cautious clock-watchers," 22 percent of "day-to-day embracers," and 7 percent of "doubters."
"No-one wants to see us become a nation of clock-watchers," Mr Barber added "But a more sensible and grown up attitude to working time could cut out needless unpaid hours and help more people into work."
An icon for the disaffected, the put-upon, the clock-watchers and the daydreamers, here was a man with his finger constantly and gleefully on the self-destruct button.
Clock-watchers won't be able to peel their gaze away from the colorful red, yellow, orange and green Pine Ridge logo that adorns the clock's stark, white face and contrasts impeccably with its black plastic housing.
It has many subsections with interesting tides such as "Chopping Wood with a Spoon"; "Shiny Object Polishers"; "Sheep Counters"; "Speed Demons"; "Gluttons"; "Drifters"; "Skimmers"; "Clock-watchers"; "Autopilots"; "Pattern Practicers; "Red Light Runners" and so forth.
Mr Foster assured concerned clock-watchers the time would be correct next year.
"We're not saying that we should turn into a nation of clock-watchers. Most people do not mind putting in some extra time when there's a crisis or an unexpected rush.
Regional secretary Roger McKenzie said: "We're not saying that we should turn into a nation of clock-watchers. Most people do not mind putting in some extra time when there is a crisis or an unexpected rush.
But residents of Herefordshire appear to be clock-watchers who leave the office as soon as they can.
Such children become clock-watchers, lying in bed and growing increasingly frustrated as time passes and they are unable to sleep.
Another common complaint about cost-plus contracts is that they turn homeowners into clock-watchers. I say a little homeowner obsession over labor costs is a good thing if it gets remodelers to obsess a little bit, too--not just about every 15-minute coffee break that runs to a half-hour but over all the supervision time and set-up and clean-up time that isn't in the estimate.
Again, the Elmaamul colt impressed clock-watchers when winning his private trial in Dubai earlier this month.